Eat & Drink

Win Free Burgs For Life By Renaming This Sydney Burger Chain

If you love burgers and naming things, this is your week. Sydney-born burger chain Down N’ Out needs to change its name after losing a legal battle with California’s fast food empire In-N-Out.

If you come up with the perfect name for the joint formerly known as Down N’ Out, you might just win free burgers for life. (Apologies in advance to your arteries.)

Down N’ Out is canvassing for new names over on its Facebook page, in a post that begins, “Nothing left to do except eat away our feelings.” You can also throw in your two-cents on Instagram.

In February, Federal Court Justice Anna Katzmann ruled in favour of In-And-Out. The US company claimed the Sydney chain had infringed on its intellectual property by appropriating a similar name, design and menu.

Hashtag Burgers, the company behind Down N’ Out, has made repeated tongue-in-cheek references to In-N-Out in its promotions. According to In-N-Out, several burgers on Down N’ Out’s menu also closely mimic the US chain’s signature items.

The flagship Down N’ Out, which bills its offerings as ‘infamous worldwide’, is located on Liverpool Street in the Sydney CBD. In addition to loaded burgers that encourage an immediate post-meal nap, the bar boasts pinball machines and an extensive craft beer list. You’ll also find the burgers at outposts in Crows Nest, Ryde and Castle Hill.

(Not for nothing, the Down N’ Out Instagram is a trove of more-is-more burger excess. Think specials like a half-pounder with beer battered onion rings, an intensely meaty Smokin’ Texan and a Southern fried chicken creation with extra mac ‘n’ cheese. For all the decadence, though, we’re pretty sure nothing here weighs 3.5 kilos.)

Read the full court judgement here – the proceedings are ongoing. You can also throw your re-naming suggestions in the mix on Down N’ Out’s Facebook or Instagram.

(Lead Image: Down N’ Out)