Battle Over Mi Cocina Name in Colorado Ends With Truce

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Our sister paper in Denver today reports the M Crowd Restaurant Group has settled its lawsuit with a small Northwest Denver restaurant operating under the name "Mi Cocina".

According to the settlement's terms, Saul Sierra may continue to use the name in a limited area of Colorado, a result that's made the one-time dishwasher so happy he's celebrating with a buy-one-get-one-free deal next week.

M Crowd filed the suit in court last year, arguing the firm had "expended large sums of money, resources and time to establish the valuable business and good will in the use of its 'Mi Cocina' trademark." But as Sierra pointed out, against the advice of friends who feared he was waging a doomed campaign, his restaurant opened five years before the M Crowd registered the Mi Cocina trademark.

Many small Mexican restaurants have folded in the face of threatened legal action by the M Crowd Restaurant Group; the settlement represents a rare victory for mom-and-pop Mi Cocinas.

"This turned out great," Sierra told the Denver Post.

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Mi Cocina

1276 Main St., Grapevine, TX

Category: Restaurant

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Summer1052
Summer1052

Shame on the M Group for being a bully! Saul used the name first, and it really is his kitchen.  Great food, great people, great bargain! And trust me, all Mexican food is NOT the same. Saul's food is New Mexican style, not Tex-Mex, with carnitas, chile verde, and so on. Totally different from M Group's food.  Have they even eaten there? I actually have eaten at both the CO and TX locations. Apples and oranges. Both good food, but not on the same page. Learn from Saul, play fair, be a good citizen, and try some eco friendly practices like the photo-voltaic panels and beetle-kill pine floor.  BTW, Mi Cocina Littleton is in SOUTHwest Denver Metro, NOT the northwest! 

L_Streets
L_Streets

Does the top of this Mi Cocina picture remind anyone else of a Dharma station logo form "Lost"?

matt hughes
matt hughes

Mi Cocina (in CO) should have been sued for serving shitty mexican food at the same prices that Mi Cocina (TX) charges.

G_David
G_David

Seriously, I can't think of any reason a restaurant would want to be (even mistakenly) mistaken for Mi Cocina. Unless they actually WANTED people to think they suck.

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

My Kitchen can be trademarked? Lame.

I lived in Colorado the better part of a decade. Their versions of Tex Mex/Mexican aren't that far behind overrated Mi Cocina.

Emily
Emily

I ate Tex Mex in Colorado once and it was once too many

Michael
Michael

This is one of the worst Mexican food joints in the Denver/Littleton area. Completely overrated on "yelp" I tried it a couple times and was disappointed.

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