BOSSES of a Mediterranean restaurant are taking legal action against a business under the same name.

Dodona House Mediterranean Grill in Duke Street, Barrow, is accusing a restaurant in Sheffield of using their name without consent.

The restaurant owners are urging them to remove their brand name from their premises and stop doing business activities under their name.

They have reported the trademark infringement to the Intellectual Property Office and filed a notice of threatened opposition against the business.

"If they still continue not to respect laws and rules of the trademark, then we can proceed with tribunal proceedings," said owner Horizont Pllana.

"I hope these people understand that they cannot use someone else name who has worked very hard to put our name out there."

The accused restaurant in Sheffield, Dodona, located on Sharrow Vale Road, was purchased in 2022 from the previous business owners. 

The Mail: Dodona in SheffieldDodona in Sheffield (Image: Google maps)

The restaurant is 'temporarily closed', according to their page on Google.

Mr Pllana added: "This is so dangerous as people from the Sheffield area have been emailing us for jobs as they advertised for staff."

The restaurant said in a statement on social media: "After great success and great achievements of DODONA® in last two years, having received many awards and being the finalists in Italian awards for best restaurant in North West of England, DODONA® is a trademark brand name in hospitality industry such as bars, restaurants, takeaway food and drink services.

"DODONA® is under ownership of Dodona House Ltd based in Barrow-In-Furness.

"We understand that businesses/individuals in UK have started to use our brand name DODONA® without our consent.

"We urge the same to remove our brand name from their premises and stop doing business activities under our name or otherwise we will proceed with legal action."

The Mail has attempted to contact the owners of Dodona in Sheffield.