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The burger place formerly known as Capital Burger is now known as The Smoke Point, subtitled "Capital of Flavor, Texarkana, Texas."
As before, this is hearkening to the fact that, according to a previous article in the Texarkana Gazette, that cited the Twin Cities as having the most burgers purchased per capita during the 90s.
"The reason I am changing the name is following the request of Darden Food Group, the corporate owner of restaurant brands such as Olive Garden, Longhorn Steaks, Cheddars and others," said Bryan Ogburn, owner of The Smoke Point. "They have trademarked the brand name 'Capital Burger' and they have demanded this be changed, so we have."
According to Ogburn, this has required a change in signage, but they will be keeping the same burger based menu.
"We will even be adding some items soon," he said. "We've moved to cooperate as quick as we could, but it has cost us money to get it done. I personally don't understand why they would need to put a small mom-and-pop restaurant under this kind of pressure, especially coming through COVID and the economic pressure businesses like us are already under."
Local law firm, Haltom & Doan represented Capital Burger and the attorney who handled their case, J. Randy Roeser, issued this statement regarding the case.
"A Florida company recently contacted our client regarding their name and a potential conflict with the Florida company's use of the same name. As a newly established local business, our client chose to focus on the amazing food they prepare for the Ark-La-Tex community rather than a legal dispute. While denying any conflict, we helped our client re-brand without paying anything to the Florida company. We are more than pleased that we were able to obtain the best result for our client, look forward to enjoying the wonderful food they serve for years to come, and encourage everyone to come out and taste the wonderful burgers at Smoke Point."
(Smoke Point is located at 5309 N. State Line Ave., Texarkana, Texas.)

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