The relinquishing

At a press conference held for the benefit of "Kitchen Nightmares," the TV show hosted by Gordon Ramsay, center, Cafe Hon owner Denise Whiting, third from left, (in eyeglasses) announced that she is relinquishing the "Hon" trademark. Standing next to Whiting are Cafe Hon manager Deborah Harris, second from left, and Lisa Davis, Honfest planner, behind Ramsay.

 

Here is the blurb for Friday night's "Kitchen Nightmares" episode featuring Cafe Hon, ripped right off the Fox reality show's website:


On the Next Episode of KITCHEN NIGHTMARES...


Chef Ramsay heads to Baltimore, MD, and immediately has his hands full when he visits Cafe Hon, a Southern Comfort eatery in need not only of a restaurant renovation but also a public image makeover. The owner of Cafe Hon has come under fire from the city of Baltimore for trademarking the word "Hon" - a term of endearment for Baltimore culture. Find out if the restaurant revamp and renewed public image will be enough to win back the city of Baltimore and revive its tradition of southern comfort cooking.

Taped last November, the "Kitchen Nightmares" episode featuring Cafe Hon is expected to focus on Whiting's year-long struggle to defend her trademarking of the colloquial term "hon" for her business. The climax of the taping weekend was the Nov. 7 press conference at which Whiting, accompanied at Cafe Hon by the show's host, Gordon Ramsay, announced her intention to relinquish the trademark. "I'll take it off the register," Whiting said. "It was never mine to have in the first place.

Stemming from the first media reports about the "hon" trademark in December 2010, Whiting and Cafe Hon had been in the weeds for almost a year leading up to Ramsay's visit