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.
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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.