SPORTS legends and superstar icons together with Cristiano Ronaldo, Tyson Fury and Molly-Mae Hague have been dragged right into a authorized battle involving one in all 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 embody 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 12 months.
The luxurious 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 Street, and Cibo Nice Northern, together with 4 of its administrators, over claims they’ve been buying and selling off its superstar credentials and popularity.
In a extremely uncommon transfer the bosses of Cibo named a few of their superstar purchasers in courtroom papers submitted to the Excessive Courtroom and obtained by the Solar on Sunday.
They learn: “The Claimants’ distinctive degree of service, fashionable décor and popularity has helped to draw excessive profile and superstar clients to their restaurant.
“The Claimants’ customers include a range of high profile individuals and celebrities from across the UK, many of whom are known worldwide.”
However they declare their popularity is being broken by means of their identify at eateries simply 11 miles away.
Baffled clients have additionally left dangerous evaluations together with one which learn: “Not as good as the Cibo in Wilmslow.”
It went on: “We anticipated the identical good meals however sadly not.
“My starter came out very quickly but was somehow cold. In the future we will use the Wilmslow restaurant or try somewhere else in Manchester.”
One Tripadvisor evaluation said: “Waitress was miserable. Food was basic. One toilet working…nothing like Cibo in Wilmslow…. Disappointing.”
One other fumed: “I love CIBO in Wilmslow and hoped for the same…. The lasagne was a poor standard. It had barely any meat in it at all… the fries were undercooked and hard. Not somewhere I would look to go back 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 injury.
“The goodwill, and the related popularity, of the Claimants is more likely to be broken by wrongly being related to provision of the Defendants’ companies.
“The defendants have made misrepresentations to the public that are calculated to lead, have led, and/or likely to lead to the public being deceived.”
They even declare that their rivals pinched their indicators and adjusted their inside to look comparable in “a deliberate campaign” to confuse clients.
Cibo is looking for damages and an injunction to cease the opposite eating places from utilizing the identify.