A truce has been declared in Washington's Great Sandwich War.
Harry Ziegler, the 73-year-old owner of Ziggy's Deli, Carry Out and Cafeteria on 18th Street NW, said yesterday that he has agreed to change his menu so it doesn't read like the menu of his competitor, the American Cafe in Georgetown. In return, he said, the owners of the cafe have agreed to drop the $1.1 million damage suit they filed against Ziegler earlier this month, which charged that his restaurant had copied the names
"We have agreed to change the complete thing," Ziegler said. "We're changing the names of the sandwiches, the menu, everything . . . We've done it willingly."
The American cafe's owners could not be reached for comment.
The battle between the two restaurants began when a long-time American Cafe customer showed Ziggy's catering menu to the cafe's owners. The restaurants' catering menus were virtually the same in design, content and appearance, with some 15 menu items called by the same names and carrying the same ingredients or description.
For example, the American Cafe has a house sandwich (rare roast beef on a croissant) that bears the name of the restaurant. Ziggy's menu included a sandwich with rare roast beef on a crossant called "The American." iOther sandwiches such as the "Californian" were described identically.
On the other side of the menu, the American Cafe's promotion material had allegedly been copied, its owners charged. "The American Cafe takes great pride in welcoming you in celebration of the coming of age of American food," its menu reads. Ziggy's menu had made exactly the same claim, with its own name instead of The American Cafe's.