Restaurant threatened by Rolling Stone magazine
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Lehigh Acres, Fla. -
A local businessman who opened his business less than two months ago is now being threatened by one of the most famous magazines in the world! This is the story of an old bartender who saved up all his life to buy a restaurant. He opened it up less than two months ago and now he's being threatened by Rolling Stone magazine because he named his place 'The Rolling Stone Libation Company'.
"The letter's silly. The idea behind the letter's silly," said Bruce Keisling who owns the restaurant. "I was a little mad, then a little sad." He's talking about a letter he received from the Rolling Stone magazine that says he must 'Cease and Desist' from using the name 'Rolling Stone' for his restaurant. "I think it's unfortunate that a big corporate giant like that magazine would come after a hometown boy trying to do something positive in his community," added Keisling.
Upon immediate observation one can tell Keisling has a modest restaurant in a strip mall in Lehigh Acres. He has spent his life savings on decorations and art. By trade, he is a general contractor who made the bar himself as well as much of the furniture. The art on the walls, he says he has acquired over the years.
It just opened less than two months ago and he says he never, in his wildest dreams, thought the name would matter.....legally that is. "The fonts completely different, the logo," adds Keisling. "They're the Rolling Stone. I'm the Rolling Stone Libation Company. I never refer to us as Rolling Stone only.
He says he tries to have an upscale menu at reasonable prices. "nobody has come into this place and said 'you must be affiliated with that magazine," Keisling says.
When asked about whether they associated the name with the magazine, customers said, "No. I didn't at all. I just thought that was the name of the place and that was a cool name that's all," says Laura Bizly.
When asked if he's going to respond to the letter, Keisling said, "I don't know how I'm gonna respond or if I will. I wouldn't mind some legal advice on that but at this point I'm not gonna respond. I don't think it illicits a response. For me, it's kinda silly"
FOX4 News called the Rolling Stone magazine to get a comment and haven't heard back from it yet.
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