Carl von Luger owner in town for talks with North Palm Beach leaders

Robert Dickert, owner of Carl Von Luger Steak and Seafood

Robert Dickert, owner of Carl Von Luger Steak and Seafood

The owner of the Carl Von Luger restaurant from Pennsylvania has been in North Palm Beach for the past few days, and not for vacation reasons.

Robert Dickert and his team have been in damage-control mode, talking to village officials about a nasty lawsuit that threatens to derail the deal to bring Dickert’s steak and seafood restaurant to the village’s planned $15 million new club house at 951 US 1.

The goal is to assuage village officials caught off-guard by the lawsuit filed against their club house restaurant operator, who has a contract with the village to operate two restaurants when the new club house is completed.

In May, Dickert and his Carl Von Luger restaurant were sued by Peter Luger Inc. of New York in federal court. The trademark infringement lawsuit alleges Carl Von Luger is ripping off the famed Luger steak house brand by appropriating the name.

The Luger name does have allure, but Dickert said in a recent interview he’s entitled to it.

It is a name that he says is part of his family tree: Peter Luger was his great-uncle. Dickert worked for a decade in the family restaurant, learning the trade in all manner of roles.

And in 2009, Dickert filed a trademark for the Carl Von Luger restaurant. Peter Luger Inc. didn’t object to the name and the restaurant, which has been in business in Scranton since 2011.

Word is that’s what the Dickert team is telling village officials, who reportedly still want Dickert operating two restaurants at the club house, as per the contract with him.

Village manager Andrew Lukasik could not be reached for comment. Dickert declined to comment.

The club house is set to be ready by December 2018.

Stay tuned for more details.