Cafe Society

My Brother's Bar makes a deal with Brothers Bar

Oh, brother!

The battle between My Brother's Bar and Brothers Bar & Grill is over. Attorneys for the two restaurants -- one of which is the oldest continually operating saloon in the city, at 2376 15th Street, the other a link in a Wisconsin-based chain that took over the former home of The Real World: Denver at 1920 Market Street this past spring -- met with a magistrate last Friday and arrived at a deal.

Before it opened the massive sports bar, Brothers had filed a motion in May demanding that it be allowed to use the Brothers name in the Denver marketplace; Jim Karagas, owner of My Brother's, was concerned that another Brothers would result in confusion in the marketplace. (Exhibit A: Two weeks ago, when a Hickenlooper fundraiser was held at Brothers, people kept walking into My Brother's to find the event.)

The two sides managed to reach a confidential settlement, one that will allow Brothers to use the name "It's Brothers" in Denver, but also requires disclaimers of any connection to My Brother's in any advertising.

That means that Karagas, who's run My Brother's for forty years, won't get stuck in a courtroom for a lengthy trial, which is a good thing. It also gives him more time to greet regulars at the door of My Brother's Bar, which is a very good thing.

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