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Old 12-20-2009, 07:46 PM   #781
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New CW reunion shows

For those missing the Comedy Warehouse -- several of the cast members are doing Comedy Where?House Shows at the Footlight Theater at the Parliament House the next couple of Sundays. They had a show tonight. So nice to see it again. There are shows on Dec 27 and Jan 3rd.
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Old 01-02-2010, 01:13 PM   #782
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There is a little more evidence that the Winter Wonderland restaurant is coming to Pleasure Island. I have posted some links on my Save Pleasure Island blog. Under this restaurant concept, it's Christmas (or at least winter) all the time. A cool idea, literally and figuratively! The Fire & Ice ice bar may be part of this concept too.

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Old 01-02-2010, 02:24 PM   #783
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There is a little more evidence that the Winter Wonderland restaurant is coming to Pleasure Island. I have posted some links on my Save Pleasure Island blog. Under this restaurant concept, it's Christmas (or at least winter) all the time. A cool idea, literally and figuratively! The Fire & Ice ice bar may be part of this concept too.

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a good addition to DTD, a horrible replacement for the clubs. It is possible, however unlikely it may seem, that they are looking at the virgin store for this. Does anyone know the sq ft difference btwn virgin and mannequins? Or the mannequins and 8-trax building combined?
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Old 01-02-2010, 02:46 PM   #784
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is the winter wonderland a chain?
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Old 01-02-2010, 05:32 PM   #785
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is the winter wonderland a chain?
More like a proposed chain. Created by the same guy who came up with Rainforest Cafe, he sounds like an interesting cat--for Rainforest, he built a mock-up of the restaurant in his garage or basement or something to get investors.

Now he creates new restaurant concepts and tries to sell them. I admit, Winter Wonderland is one of the more interesting ones. Here's kind of an overview (obviously biased, being his own page, but gives you an idea):
http://www.schusslercreative.com/branding.html

(Curiously, I did not know there is already a Hot Dog Hall of Fame in PA--so I guess that one would officially be a "chain").

EDIT TO ADD: If Harry Potter is the game-changer many expect, how much you want to bet Sorcerer's Kitchen gets fast-tracked for DTD?
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Old 01-02-2010, 06:00 PM   #786
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If Harry Potter is the game-changer many expect, how much you want to bet Sorcerer's Kitchen gets fast-tracked for DTD?
In my Blog's September 16th article, I kind of hinted at that, stating: What could be more timely than the Sorcerer's Kitchen: The School of Wizardly Magic and Food?

It makes sense that this concept would be included however I've not heard any mention of such a place in the rumors encountered. Doesn't mean it's not coming any more than the rumored places that are supposedly coming.

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Old 01-03-2010, 08:35 AM   #787
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Im not entirely sure disney will want to go with the Sorcerer's Kitchen as it will only appear exactly as it is - a dodgy imposter to universals real harry potter stuff.
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Old 01-03-2010, 11:43 AM   #788
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Im not entirely sure disney will want to go with the Sorcerer's Kitchen as it will only appear exactly as it is - a dodgy imposter to universals real harry potter stuff.
I think you're right. In the long run probably smarter to not wet anyone's appetite for wizard-related things.

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Im not entirely sure disney will want to go with the Sorcerer's Kitchen as it will only appear exactly as it is - a dodgy imposter to universals real harry potter stuff.
I was thinking similarly - even if it doesn't include any actual HP references, it COULD invite a licensing dispute with Universal.
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I was thinking similarly - even if it doesn't include any actual HP references, it COULD invite a licensing dispute with Universal.
HP is a Warner Bros. production. Disney and WB go back a long ways and have had a good partnership for years.

Beyond the obvious partnerships like "Who Framed Roger Rabbit", WB recently sold Oswald back to Disney (WB is who Universal origionally sold Oswald to when Walt was working for US).

There have also been many WB cartoons on Disney XD.
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HP is a Warner Bros. production. Disney and WB go back a long ways and have had a good partnership for years.

Beyond the obvious partnerships like "Who Framed Roger Rabbit", WB recently sold Oswald back to Disney (WB is who Universal origionally sold Oswald to when Walt was working for US).

There have also been many WB cartoons on Disney XD.
Harry Potter belongs to J.K. Rowling. WB does not have any rights with regards to theme parks or restaurants. J.K. entered in negotiations with several players, including Disney, for theme park rights. Universal obviously won there. WB could have negotiated on behalf of its partnership with Six Flags, but didn't as far as I know.

I wouldn't expect WB to sue.

I'd expect Universal to sue. Presumably they have exclusive rights regarding theme park usage and perhaps themed dining. Even though this is NOT a HP restaurant, it could be considered a ripoff enough for the lawyers to talk someone into suing.
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I'd expect Universal to sue. Presumably they have exclusive rights regarding theme park usage and perhaps themed dining. Even though this is NOT a HP restaurant, it could be considered a ripoff enough for the lawyers to talk someone into suing.
They could jsut as easily theme it as the restaurant owned by the Russo family in "Wizards of Waverly Place" as well though.
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......it could be considered a ripoff enough for the lawyers to talk someone into suing.
I'm not so sure about that. Certainly Universal has the exclusive rights to any Harry Potter themed restaurant but if someone else wanted to open a restaurant that had to do with wizards, there is no conflict with Universal as long as they don't use that name. Likewise, I think any of us could open a restaurant full of electronic jungle animals, call it Jungle Cafe, and operate it without violating Rain Forest Cafe trademarks. RFC doesn't have a lock on jungle animals in a restaurant setting. (Heck, most zoos in the country probably have restaurants in them that have pretend zoo animals within.)

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I'm not so sure about that. Certainly Universal has the exclusive rights to any Harry Potter themed restaurant but if someone else wanted to open a restaurant that had to do with wizards, there is no conflict with Universal as long as they don't use that name. Likewise, I think any of us could open a restaurant full of electronic jungle animals, call it Jungle Cafe, and operate it without violating Rain Forest Cafe trademarks. RFC doesn't have a lock on jungle animals in a restaurant setting. (Heck, most zoos in the country probably have restaurants in them that have pretend zoo animals within.)

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You aren't cynical enough...

If you open a "Jungle Cafe", and it is for the typical patron indistinguishable from a Rainforest Cafe, even if you do nothing overt to associate it as such, you can be pretty sure that you'll receive a call from a lawyer representing Landrys to "discuss the issue". That is why there is a fairly thin line they need to avoid crossing.
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