Restaurant says 'so long' to 'Sony' name

March 20, 1991|By Cindy Harper-Evans

An article in yesterday's Business section said that Resurrecion "Sony" Robles-Florendo removed her nickname from her restaurants' name because of a court order. Ms. Florendo said yesterday that the action was actually the result of a compromise between her and Sony Corp.

The Sun regrets the errors.

The name "Sony" disappeared from Sony Florendo's Philippine-Asian restaurants yesterday -- the one in Harborplace and the one in Owings Mills, plus the banquet hall on Belair Road and the corporate offices on Park Avenue.

All that remained was a light outline where "Sony" used to be on the backdrop of the walk-up eateries. Down also came the neon signs bearing the name, and it was discontinued in the phone company's directory assistance.


Instead, the name being used is "S. R. Florendo."

"I am doing what I have to do," Resurrecion "Sony" Robles-Florendo said yesterday.

The name change is part of the deal Mrs. Florendo reached with electronics manufacturer Sony Corp. in 1987 to drop the $2.9 million lawsuit it had filed against her for alleged trademark infringement, unfair competition and deliberate confusion of /^ consumers.

Originally, Mrs. Florendo's restaurants were called "Sony's." In response to the court order, she changed the name to "Sony Florendo's." She had until yesterday to get rid of the "Sony" name altogether from all of her signs and advertising.

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