Papa’s Burgers changes name after trademark trouble with Houston’s Pappas Restaurants

The restaurant has rebranded itself as ‘The Good News Burgers.’

Papa's Burgers unveils new name and logo. (Courtesy of Papa's Burgers)

SAN ANTONIO – A beloved San Antonio burger joint has officially rebranded itself after a recent “hurtful” trademark issue with a Houston restaurant chain.

Papa’s Burgers owner Robert Walker announced the restaurant’s new name on Friday, which is “The Good News Burgers.”

The name change comes after the restaurant received a cease and desist notice from Pappas Restaurants, due to the similarities in their restaurant titles.

Walker previously told KSAT that he filed a trademark for Papa’s Burgers, but before doing so, he reached out to the Houston restaurateur “out of respect so that it wouldn’t be an issue.” However, at last check, he didn’t hear back.

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He added that the original name for his restaurant paid homage to his father, or “Papa.”

“My dad is retired military, which is where the red white and blue came from,” Walker said. Counsel told him that he could fight the trademark, given that it’s just a one-letter difference and in a different city. However, that could be very costly for Walker, as it is around $25,000 just to start the process.

This is why Walker did the next best thing -- rebrand his restaurant. Though, the decision wasn’t an easy one, especially given that his restaurant has received several public accolades in the last nearly nine years.

Walker previously told KSAT that he intends to expand his restaurant with two or three more locations in the next two years under the new name.


About the Authors:

Mary Claire Patton has been a journalist with KSAT 12 since 2015. She has reported on several high-profile stories during her career at KSAT and specializes in trending news and things to do around Texas and San Antonio.

Cody King is a digital journalist for KSAT 12. She previously worked for WICS/WRSP 20 in Springfield, Illinois.