Cafe Hon owner Denise Whiting came into the studio of Mix 106.5 this morning with Gordon Ramsay, host of Fox's "Kitchen Nightmares," and announced that she would give up her controversial trademark of the word Hon. "It was never mine to have in the first place," she said, with tears in her eyes. "I am so sorry for the animosity and the hatred and everything that trademarking a word has done."
Ramsay has been in town this week to shoot an episode of his show in Cafe Hon, and apparently convinced Whiting that the trademark was not worth the negative impact on her business and her reputation. "I don't think Denise quite understood the ramifications," Ramsay said. "It's caused turmoil beyond belief."
"Trademarking a word has almost killed me and almost killed the business," Whiting added. "I didn't understand how passionate everyone was."
It's worth listening to the full exchange on the Mix 106.5 website to hear just how emotional Whiting gets. While some may claim that this move is more of a shrewd business decision that any true change of heart, it certainly sounds like the move has eased Whiting's mind considerably. "Last night I had the first good night's sleep that I had in a year," she said.
Tonight, Cafe Hon re-opens after closing for a day to update the menu with Ramsay's suggestions. No date yet on when the episode of "Kitchen Nightmares" on Cafe Hon will air.
[photo courtesy of Mix 106.5]