New York restaurant faces legal battle with Pornhub

Pornhub’s parent company demands that an East Village restaurant change its logo – otherwise there will be no happy ending in court.

According to a cease-and-desist letter verified by The Post, MindGeek claims that Döner Haus’ white and yellow logo is too similar to the porn site.

“The same general appearance” between Döner Haus and Pornhub’s emblems threatens to “create confusion” and “deceive the public” about the companies’ disparate offerings – and “abuse the goodwill of Pornhub’s brands,” it says in the July 17 letter.

The claims stunned the family-run restaurant, which opened its doors on East 14th Street in March.

“We’re still puzzled as to why MindGeek decided to target us… We operate in two completely different businesses and see no way we could be confused with them,” said Pauline Phan, marketing manager at Döner Haus.

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“We’re still not sure why MindGeek decided to target us,” Pauline Phan, Döner Haus’ marketing manager, told The Post.
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The companies’ similar emblems threaten to “betray the goodwill of Pornhub’s brands,” according to a letter from MindGeek’s attorneys obtained by the Post.
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The family-run restaurant refuses to give in to MindGeek’s claims.

No lawsuit has yet been filed, but MindGeek said it intends to “take appropriate legal action” if the restaurant doesn’t change its logo.

“We will do our best to fight it,” said Phan, who has hired a lawyer.


JACLYN DIAZ is a USTimeToday U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. JACLYN DIAZ joined USTimeToday in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing

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