Jehangir Mehta of Graffiti Sues Jesús Nuñez of Graffit: He Took My Pop Rocks!


A year after Spanish chef Jesús Nuñez announced that his first New York restaurant would be called Graffit, Jehangir Mehta has filed a lawsuit alleging that the Spanish chef ripped off his own Graffiti Bistro & Bakery. Welcome to America, Jesús! The Post says that one of Mehta’s complaints (besides the fact that Nuñez named a New York City restaurant Graffit, for some unfathomable reason) is that he planned to utilize Pop Rocks, an “extremely obscure ingredient” that Mehta has been known to use. It’s the wildest molecular gastronomy slapdown since Marcel poached Wylie’s egg dish! Maybe Mehta should also sue Graham Elliot Bowles, who’s been making foielipops (foie gras + Pop Rocks) for years? Either way, there haven’t been all that many restaurant rip-off lawsuits, so this should be fun to watch! Mehta wants to ban Nuñez from “any trade practices,” which means, like, molecular gastronomy? For the record, you can see Graffit’s menu here (no Pop Rocks, actually) and Graffiti’s here.

Update #1: Jesús Nuñez on Lawsuit: ‘I Didn’t Know Graffiti Existed When I Created Graffit’
Update #2: Graffiti Says Graffit Suit Is ‘Simply About the Similarity in the Names’