Young and Hungry

Colorado Cafe in Brightwood Has “Duped Some People”


I have no idea how long Colorado Cafe has been around on Colorado Avenue NW in Brightwood, but it's just a few doors down from the late, lamented (and long ago demolished) Colorado Kitchen, home of chef Gillian Clark's homey gourmet comforts and ur-mom rules.

I snapped this photo last night, long after the coffee shop had closed for the day. Today, I tried to call the cafe, but it has no listed phone number. Seriously.

So I called Clark instead. She was familiar with the business that's obviously trying to exploit the good Colorado Kitchen name that she developed and nurtured for years.

"They've duped some people," Clark says via the phone from her kitchen at the General Store in Silver Spring.

Clark believes that the coffee shop changed ownership about a year ago — and changed names soon thereafter. She says she has trademarked the name "Colorado Kitchen" and its logo.

So has Clark thought about suing the owners of Colorado Cafe?

Nah, she says. "If it helps them sell coffees and their stale bagels, I'm not going to get too upset."

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  • Baby Fishmouth

    The cafe is located on Colorado Avenue so Colorado Cafe seems reasonable to me. If Colorado Kitchen was located on some random street that didn't have the word Colorado in it, and a coffee shop was using the name Colorado, I think you'd have a strong case that the coffee shop owner was up to no good. I think in this case the owner gets the benefit of the doubt.

  • Joshua

    Do they offer the same - ahem - polite, friendly service as Colorado Kitchen did?

  • Martin

    Even if you could prove that the owner of the cafe was trying to cash in on Colorado Kitchen fame, a case in court would go nowhere. First of all, Colorado Kitchen is closed, so what business is being stolen? Second, Colorado Cafe is different enough from Colorado Kitchen that it wouldn't even come close to trademark infringement. Third, just as another commenter pointed out, it's on Colorado Avenue, so the name makes sense.

  • Sterling

    I think your article improperly criticizes the community friendly, service oriented owners of the Colorado Cafe. Like one of the previous posters mentioned, the cafe is on Colorado Street and the name does not create any confusion. These hard working business owners had nothing to do with the demise of Colorado Kitchen. They are working extremely hard to establish their business. They have great food and great service.

    I would encourage the author of this article to try the place out and review them on the merits of their business and not a perceived slight to a business that no longer exist. Your attempt to tarnish their name and brand is just unnecessary. I am sure your readers would be much more interested in a profile of the owner, how she chose her diverse menu, what she has learned about the community and how she plans to grow her business.

  • Foodluvr

    They are located on Colorado ave. so the name makes sense, Colorado kitchen might want to replace whomever advises you them on legal matters if talking about suing:) bad legal advice could very well be the reason of their shutdown, but as far as the food at this cafe great pricing, I normally get coffee, friendly service and great prices. why is this newspaper writer snapping photos in the middle of the night lol, why not visit it in daylight as normal people tend to do?