If you love burgers and naming things, this is your week. Sydney-born burger chain Down N’ Out needs to change its name after losing a legal battle with California’s fast food empire In-N-Out.
If you come up with the perfect name for the joint formerly known as Down N’ Out, you might just win free burgers for life. (Apologies in advance to your arteries.)
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NOTHING LEFT TO DO EXCEPT EAT AWAY OUR FEELINGS ☠️ HALF-POUNDER ☠️ – Double Wagyu Beef Patty – Triple American Cheese – Beer Battered Onion Rings – Jumbo American Pickles – Tomato and Mustard Sauce WE HAVE TO CHANGE OUR NAME ASAP — DROP your suggestions BELOW and you might win FREE BURGS 4 LIFE THE HALF-POUNDER is available for ONE WEEK ONLY in the CBD from TODAY
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In February, Federal Court Justice Anna Katzmann ruled in favour of In-And-Out. The US company claimed the Sydney chain had infringed on its intellectual property by appropriating a similar name, design and menu.
Hashtag Burgers, the company behind Down N’ Out, has made repeated tongue-in-cheek references to In-N-Out in its promotions. According to In-N-Out, several burgers on Down N’ Out’s menu also closely mimic the US chain’s signature items.
The flagship Down N’ Out, which bills its offerings as ‘infamous worldwide’, is located on Liverpool Street in the Sydney CBD. In addition to loaded burgers that encourage an immediate post-meal nap, the bar boasts pinball machines and an extensive craft beer list. You’ll also find the burgers at outposts in Crows Nest, Ryde and Castle Hill.
(Not for nothing, the Down N’ Out Instagram is a trove of more-is-more burger excess. Think specials like a half-pounder with beer battered onion rings, an intensely meaty Smokin’ Texan and a Southern fried chicken creation with extra mac ‘n’ cheese. For all the decadence, though, we’re pretty sure nothing here weighs 3.5 kilos.)
(Lead Image: Down N’ Out)