Best Potato Mafia Story

Idaho Potato Commission vs. Idaho Fry Company

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And we mean mafia as in the lowercase version: "any small powerful or influential group in an organization or field; clique," according to the good book of words. In the potato biz, the Idaho Potato Commission is about as powerful and influential as it gets, and that's exactly what one small business found out earlier this year. Idaho Fry Company, a locally owned french fry house dishing up potatoes of all varieties, was informed days before opening that its name may be an infringement on a certification mark held by the Idaho Potato Commission. Long story short: The commission took some flak for being overbearing; the store owners didn't have the dough to engage in a legal battle; the two parties came to a friendly agreement in which the restaurant has been renamed Boise Fry Company; and the commission will help out with some of the costs associated with the change. Way to play nice, kids.

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