What is a steak bomb? As a New England boy I know the answer to this question: It’s a sandwich that is overstuffed with steak, cheese, salami (or pepperoni), peppers, onions and mushrooms. You travel around New England and you come across this sandwich somewhat frequently, at many different delis.
So what did USA Subs in Derry, NH do? They went to the U.S. patent office and had the term “steak bomb” trademarked. Then they promptly fired off a letter to their nearest competitor asking them to take the steak bomb off their menu.
But their competitor, Great America Subs (are all New Hampshire sub shops so uber-patriotic?) is crying foul. Timothy Faris, the owner of the store remarks:
“I think whoever let this trademark go through in Washington, D.C., probably had never been to New England and didn’t realize that every sub shop has a steak bomb”
Yet another case of out-of-touch Washington bureaucrats. Hey bureaucrats! Get your ass up to New England and eat a steak bomb!
I guess I would like to take this opportunity to announce that I am filing a patent to trademark “turkey sandwich” and “ham sandwich.” You can still sell those sandwiches at your store, you just have to call them something else. Good luck with that deli owners.
(Also, for those of you keeping sandwich score at home, yes, this makes 4 of my last 6 posts that are about sandwiches.)