Greetings! My name is Chef Krystal, and I am the owner and operator of Trash Panda Vegan - a fun comfort vegan food truck. Thank you so much for your support and care by taking action.
We opened Trash Panda Vegan just before the pandemic hit, and over the past four years, we have faced numerous challenges as restaurateurs. I even came close to death during the pandemic. However, we survived and persevered and now we continue to serve our delicious vegan comfort food to our amazing community.
In 2022, we applied for a trademark for our brand name, Trash Panda Vegan. Unfortunately, in the summer of 2023, we received a cease-and-desist letter from Panda Restaurant Group Inc., the corporation behind Panda Express. They claimed that our food truck's name, logo, and overall business were too similar to theirs and could potentially harm their brand.
It's quite surprising because our food truck specializes in comfort American/Soul Food, with items like BBQ Jerk Chikn, Pretzel Bites, Burgers, and Hot Dogs - all vegan, compassionate, and cruelty-free. Our brand name, Trash Panda Vegan, is actually a play on words and an oxymoron. We take pride in offering high-quality, hyper-local, and organic ingredients whenever possible. Our cooking techniques and ingredients differ greatly from Panda Express.
We are currently being pressured to remove our trademark filing and any panda markings associated with our brand. This situation has caused us a great deal of emotional distress, and if we are forced to make these changes, it will result in a significant financial loss as we would essentially have to start over.
Our goal is to fight this battle and demonstrate to Panda Express that we can pursue our dreams without infringing on their billion-dollar company. We started our business in the heart of South Phoenix in 85040 which is the largest populated food dessert. Our mission is to provide healthy options to our community, and we also operate Early Bird Vegan, a restaurant where Trash Panda Vegan is parked.
We even hold our catering license for Trash Panda Vegan there. Additionally, we specialize in cold-pressed juices, health shots, and smoothies. Our reach extends beyond our zip code, and we strive to be an equitable business within our community.
The funds raised through a possible GoFundMe campaign would be used to cover all the fees associated with our legal case and any branding needs that may arise. We appreciate your support and belief in our cause. We will keep you updated on any developments regarding the situation with Panda Express.
Thank you once again for your generosity and for standing with us in this fight. We truly value your support as we work towards protecting our brand, Trash Panda Vegan.
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