A bar in San Francisco, USA is claiming ownership of the DNA Lounge name and has advised the owners of the supposedly cloned bar in Uganda to pick their own name.
Jose Chameleone’s DNA Lounge and bar in Kololo was closed on Wednesday over what was termed as ‘unfinished clearances’ with authorities.
A letter from the management noting closure of the bar issued on Thursday read as follows;
The required clearances had not been met by the management by COB hence failing to beat the race with time to organize the late Emmanuel Mayanja a.k.a AK47’s tribute night at the bar.
That was followed with a tweet from an American-based bar known as DNA Lounge which noted that the bar in Kololo was ripping off their name.
The bar also noted that it had already talked to the owners of the Kololo based bar to stop using their name.
They also advised them to consider picking their own name if the bar ever re-opens.
The original DNA Lounge is a late-night, all ages nightclub and restaurant/cafe owned by Jamie Zawinski, a former Netscape programmer and open-source software hacker.
The venue first opened for business in 1983 as a leather bar called Chaps, owned by Chuck Slaton.
In 1985 it was purchased by Jim English and Brian Raffi who opened for business under the name DNA Lounge on November 22, 1985. The name was rumored to be an acronym for “Dancing, Not Art”.
It is located in the SoMa district on 375 Eleventh St. near Harrison Street in San Francisco, California, USA.
The bar also owns an updated Wikipedia page, verified Facebook and Twitter pages plus an Instagram page with over 3.4k followers.
As we await to know the rightful owner of the name, we shall keep you in the loop of all developments about the issue.