NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Friday, January 22, 2016, 6:21 PM
Like its namesake gang, The Dead Rabbit wants blood.
One of the city’s top bars is trying to sue an Icelandic imitator — also called the Dead Rabbit — for ripping off its name and look.
But they may not get their day in court because the knockoff is overseas.
One of the owners of the award-winning Financial District cocktail bar and tavern tells [email protected] that the forgers from Reykjavik came here to the location, bought the bar’s cocktail book and then headed home to open their, er, homage.
But while Sean Muldoon and partner Jack McGarry own the trademark for the “Dead Rabbit” name in the U.S. — a reference to a legendary 19th century New York street gang — and are in the process of locking it down in the European Union, Iceland doesn’t fall under the jurisdiction of either.
Muldoon says a former employee of the Icelandic counterfeiters contacted him to blow the whistle on their former bosses.
The snitch said the pair had owned a failing watering hole called the Brooklyn Bar, but closed it after a visit to the Big Apple.
“He told us the names of the owners and he basically said they checked into your bar (on Facebook while visiting it) two weeks before they closed (the Brooklyn Bar) and they’re reopening as the Dead Rabbit,” Muldoon told us.
Last year the NYC saloon was named “The World’s Best Bar” by industry authority, the Spirited Awards.
Muldoon said that their biggest concern is that visitors to the fake Euro outpost will have a bad experience and think its operated by the same team as the New York original.
“We’ve really, really bled for this place to make it what it is and unless it’s being done to that same level, it worried us,” he said. “If anyone’s going to open another Dead Rabbit, we want it to be us,” he added.
Muldoon says that having checked out his Icelandic admirer’s recently shuttered saloon online has not filled him with confidence.
“They say that imitation is the best flattery,” said Muldoon, “but the problem is I don’t think this is going to be a good imitation; I think it’s going to be a bad imitation.”
The owners of the Iceland bar didn’t respond to a request for comment.