SPORTS legends and superstar icons together with Cristiano Ronaldo, Tyson Fury and Molly-Mae Hague have been dragged into a legal battle involving one in every of their favorite Italian eating places.
They’re amongst high-profile names that seem in courtroom papers lodged on the Excessive Courtroom by eating hotspot Cibo in a bid to cease a rival buying and selling underneath its identify.
Different stars talked about embrace Will.I.Am, Sir Alex Ferguson, Manchester United legends Ryan Giggs, Patrice Evra and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Liverpool stars Mohammed Salah, Alison Becker and Darwin Nunez.
They’re all regulars at Cibo Hale and Cibo Wilmslow which raked in £4.25million final yr.
The posh eating places have featured in ITV2’s Actual Housewives of Cheshire and was the place Solskjaer and Manchester United’s then chief Ed Woodward met to thrash out a everlasting managerial deal over a £10.50 spaghetti bolognese.
However livid bosses are locked in a bitter feud with three different close by eating places who they accuse of utilizing its identify with out consent.
They’re suing Cibo Manchester, Cibo Liverpool Highway, and Cibo Nice Northern, together with 4 of its administrators, over claims they’ve been buying and selling off its superstar credentials and fame.
In a extremely uncommon transfer the bosses of Cibo named a few of their superstar shoppers in courtroom papers submitted to the Excessive Courtroom and obtained by Cialcan on Sunday.
They learn: “The Claimants’ distinctive degree of service, fashionable décor and fame has helped to draw excessive profile and superstar clients to their restaurant.
“The Claimants’ clients embrace a spread of excessive profile people and celebrities from throughout the UK, a lot of whom are identified worldwide.”
However they declare their fame is being broken by way of their identify at eateries simply 11 miles away.
Baffled clients have additionally left dangerous critiques together with one which learn: “Not so good as the Cibo in Wilmslow.”
It went on: “We anticipated the identical good meals however sadly not.
“My starter got here out in a short time however was by some means chilly. Sooner or later we are going to use the Wilmslow restaurant or strive some other place in Manchester.”
One Tripadvisor overview acknowledged: “Waitress was depressing. Meals was primary. One rest room working…nothing like Cibo in Wilmslow…. Disappointing.”
One other fumed: “I really like CIBO in Wilmslow and hoped for a similar…. The lasagne was a poor customary. It had barely any meat in it in any respect… the fries had been undercooked and laborious. Not someplace I might look to return to.”
Different clients tried to current low cost vouchers – together with Groupons and Meerkat Meals – to pay for his or her meals.
The courtroom papers proceed: “The Claimants have suffered and proceed to undergo loss and harm.
“The goodwill, and the related fame, of the Claimants is prone to be broken by wrongly being related to provision of the Defendants’ companies.
“The defendants have made misrepresentations to the general public which can be calculated to guide, have led, and/or prone to result in the general public being deceived.”
They even declare that their rivals pinched their indicators and modified their inside to look related in “a deliberate marketing campaign” to confuse clients.
Cibo is searching for damages and an injunction to cease the opposite eating places from utilizing the identify.