BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. & NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Wolfgang Zwiener, restaurateur and owner of two highly-acclaimed Wolfgang’s Steakhouse establishments in New York and Wolfgang’s Steakhouse by Wolfgang Zwiener in Beverly Hills, today announced that the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California has denied Wolfgang Puck’s request for a preliminary injunction related to Wolfgang Zwiener’s use of the name Wolfgang’s Steakhouse by Wolfgang Zwiener in connection with Mr. Zwiener’s high-end steakhouse in Beverly Hills.
“I am very pleased with the court’s ruling and was always confident that, once presented with the facts, the judge would rule in favor of my steakhouse in Beverly Hills,” said Wolfgang Zwiener. “I hope that Puck and I can now focus on our culinary skills instead of this unfortunate lawsuit.”
In 2007, Puck and Wolfgang Zwiener entered into a mutual agreement, which allowed Wolfgang Zwiener to continue to use the name Wolfgang’s Steakhouse for his fine dining establishments in New York, New York. The agreement specifically allowed Wolfgang Zwiener to call his steakhouses outside New York Wolfgang’s Steakhouse by Wolfgang Zwiener. Wolfgang Zwiener chose Beverly Hills, California for his first steakhouse outside New York in response to the demand for an old-fashioned quality steakhouse in LA and the interest of the City of Beverly Hills. The development process for the steakhouse was publicly conducted and featured the direct and extensive involvement of the Beverly Hills City Council, which selected Zwiener’s steakhouse to fill a commercial space owned by the City and even approved the signage. In May 2008, Wolfgang’s Steakhouse by Wolfgang Zwiener opened in Beverly Hills to a star-studded crowd. Two weeks after the opening, Puck filed suit against Wolfgang Zwiener claiming that some of his patrons had been confused. Shortly thereafter, Wolfgang Zwiener filed a countersuit against Puck for breaching their agreement and refusing to meet with Wolfgang Zwiener to discuss ways to address Puck’s allegations of confusion.
Wolfgang Zwiener’s attorney, Joel Schmidt, a partner at Cowan, Liebowitz and Latman, stated: “The Court recognized that my client had an absolute right to expand into Beverly Hills under the agreement with Puck and that the facts did not support Puck’s attempts to cast a cloud over my client’s excellent reputation and legitimate business motives.“ The Court’s decision specifically states, “Puck’s subjective beliefs as to Zwiener’s alleged bad faith, moreover, have no bearing on the enforceability of the 2007 Settlement Agreement, which is clear on its face and provides for Zwiener’s use of the current name for his restaurant.” Peter Zwiener, Wolfgang Zwiener’s son, stated: “We have great respect for Mr. Puck and his achievements and hope the Court’s decision will foster better relations between our organizations. At the end of the day, we both have the same goal of serving fine food to our patrons.”
About Wolfgang Zwiener:
Wolfgang Zwiener developed a national reputation in the steakhouse business and a huge following through his highly-acclaimed Wolfgang’s Steakhouse restaurants in New York and his decades of service as the former head waiter at world famous Peter Luger Steak House. Before then, he served at Luchow’s Restaurant, the elegant German restaurant and beer hall that was a cultural icon for many years and was also founded by a well known waiter. New York Magazine named Wolfgang’s Steakhouse “Best New Steakhouse” in its May 21, 2005 edition. Wolfgang’s Steakhouse is listed in ZAGAT New York City Restaurants, TimeOut New York Eating & Drinking, and the Michelin and BlackBook guides to New York, among other guide books. Zwiener’s steakhouses are generally packed and have been known to attract high-profile patrons and celebrities.
About Wolfgang’s Steakhouse by Wolfgang Zwiener:
Wolfgang’s Steakhouse by Wolfgang Zwiener in Beverly Hills opened on May 1, 2008 to a star-studded audience. It features the highest quality steaks and is an old-fashioned New York-style steakhouse. The dining experience at Wolfgang’s Steakhouse by Wolfgang Zwiener is enhanced by Wolfgang Zwiener’s award winning wine collection of over 250 different labels. With a tribute to the original Wolfgang’s Steakhouse in New York, Wolfgang’s Steakhouse by Wolfgang Zwiener in Beverly Hills features an elaborately designed arched ceiling, enhanced by custom-designed mosaic tiles created and installed by artist David Inbal from Israel. In addition to the intricate ceiling design, the steakhouse includes a 26 ft long mahogany bar with metal inlay, wenge wood wainscoting to add old world charm and warmth and American walnut wood flooring throughout, suede wrapped wall panels, alabaster chandeliers, antique bronzed accents and a 1000-bottle wine display. All of these elements come together to infuse diners with the feel of a traditional steakhouse.
Wolfgang’s Steakhouse by Wolfgang Zwiener in Beverly Hills is a joint venture of W Steak Corp. and WDI International. W Steak Corp.’s affiliates currently operate Wolfgang’s Steakhouse in New York, which has two locations at 4 Park Ave and 409 Greenwich Street (Tribeca). WDI operates over 200 restaurants around the globe including fine dining concepts such as Il Mulino Tokyo, Grand Central Station Oyster Bar and Restaurant and Taormina in Waikiki Beach. Wolfgang’s Steakhouse by Wolfgang Zwiener will open two additional steakhouses in Waikiki Beach, Hawaii and South Beach, FL by year end 2008.