Proposed “Twilight” theme restaurant has trouble with name

FORKS — Owners of Dazzled by Twilight who are planning the opening of a new restaurant next year in Forks are pondering their next step after a Seattle restaurant said naming it Volterra would be a trademark violation.

The Seattle establishment Volterra Restaurant, 5411 Ballard Ave. N.W., is registered with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for the use of the word for restaurants, bars and sale of spices, and it threatened to sue if the Forks couple didn’t change the name.

Tim Root, who co-owns Dazzled by Twilight with his wife, Annette, said they received notification on Saturday. They are contemplating the next step and will likely rethink the name.

“We really just found out, and we’ll have to talk to our own attorney,” Tim Root said.

Annette said that although that Volterra was the planned name, it was only a “working name.”

Tim said that he believed a solution was in sight.

‘Reasonable solution’

“I’m sure we will have a very reasonable solution,” he said.

“We were not looking to cause any trouble, and we didn’t even know that they existed and didn’t intend to infringe on their rights.”

In a letter to the couple, the Seattle Volterra Restaurant’s attorney, Jefferson Coulter, wrote: “While you may have been unaware of the existence of Volterra, your use of a confusingly similar name negatively impacts the goodwill built by Volterra over the last several years, violating Washington and Federal law.

“As such, we demand that you immediately cease and desist from all further use of the name ‘Volterra’ in connection with your proposed restaurant.”

The Seattle Volterra is not connected to the Twilight phenomenon, Coulter noted.

The name was trademarked in 2006.

Coulter also said the restaurant is prepared to pursue legal action if the name is eventually chosen.

“We hope that putting you on notice of Volterra’s superior rights will be sufficient to resolve this matter,” he wrote.

“However, Volterra is prepared to take all available measures — including filing a lawsuit against you — to enforce its rights to the trademark and trade names that it has spent years developing.”

The Forks restaurant, which will be located at 81 N. Forks Ave., is still in the development phase.

“We are very adamant about the restaurant and we will open it,” Root said.

“But we will see what we need to do about the naming situation.”

The couple already operate the Twilight Lounge out of the location and hope to open the restaurant sometime next spring.

The lounge is a place where concerts and activities for Twilight fans have been held.

Every Saturday the store hosts an activity for fans, and on Halloween it held a special “Scaryoke” event.

Dazzled by Twilight is a themed store that sells merchandise relating to the Twilight saga.

Twilight and its three sequels were written by Stephenie Meyer. They have sold millions of copies worldwide.

The story, which is set in Forks, tells the story of Bella Swan and her vampire love interest, Edward Cullen. The sequels bring in her best friend, Jacob Black, who also tries to woo Bella in the second and third books.

Volterra, which is a city in Italy, is, in the Twilight universe, a reference to the place where the vampire aristocracy dwell.

The aristocracy are known as the Volturi and, in addition to being some of the oldest vampires in existence, are known for their immense powers.


Reporter Paige Dickerson can be reached at 360-417-3535 or at

More in Life

A GROWING CONCERN: Do your part for ‘Flower Peninsula USA’

SO, WITH THE sun coming out and temperatures on the rise, time… Continue reading

ISSUES OF FAITH: When do we disobey?

HERE ARE TWO quotes to think about: “Civil Disobedience, noun: Refusal to… Continue reading

Unity in Olympics program scheduled

Connie Munro will present “Not Perfect, But Wonderful” at… Continue reading

Unitarian speaker scheduled

The Rev. Bruce Bode will present “The Ache of… Continue reading

The Rev. Pam Douglas-Smith.
Unity in Port Townsend planning for Sunday services

The Rev. Pam Douglas-Smith will present “The Power of… Continue reading

Katie Lee of Port Angeles examines a table of perennial plants during Saturday’s annual plant sale and raffle at the floral barn at the Clallam County Fairgrounds in Port Angeles. The sale, hosted by the Port Angeles Garden Club, was a fundraiser for club projects and scholarships, and it featured a wide variety of plants for the upcoming growing season and beyond. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)
Plant sale at Clallam County Fairgrounds

Katie Lee of Port Angeles examines a table of perennial plants during… Continue reading

Photo by Karen Griffiths

Cutline: A fundraiser for WAG and Open starts Today at 11 a.m. with an English and jumping fun show, followed tomorrow with a Western Games show at Kari Payne’s 4-L arena off Blue Mountain Road, 95 S. McCrorie Rd. Port Angeles.  Fox-Bell Farm owner Shelby Vaughan, and her assistants Sophie Feik and Kaia Lestage (holding Marley) will be there to host. Shown is Tatar Trots, 10. a horse Shelby got from OPEN five years ago when he was a feral, unhandled stallion and, now, after castrating and training,  he’s a docile horse who enjoys teaching kids how to ride.


(Rescue dog Rocky laying down if he’s shown in photo)
HORSEPLAY: Rescue program gives horses new life

SHELBY VAUGHAN WAS born into the rescue mindset. She grew up on… Continue reading

A GROWING CONCERN: For garden chores, keep the spring in your step

SO THE DREAM Playground build is going wonderfully. Thank you for those… Continue reading

The 2024 Community Service Awards winners gather before Thursday's awards ceremony at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Port Angeles. This year's recipients were, seated from left, Steph Ellyas and Lyn Fiveash, and standing from left, Gordon Taylor, Don Zanon, Carol Labbe and Betsy Reed Schultz. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)
Six honored for community service efforts

Volunteers provide energy for trails, respite care

ISSUES OF FAITH: Be a gracious and hospitable host

NOTICE OUR ROAD traffic is getting busier? Yep. We are beginning our… Continue reading

The Rev. Larry Schellink will present “Love God and Tie up your Camel” at 10:30 a.m. Sunday. Schellink is the guest speaker at Unity in the Olympics, 2917 E. Myrtle Ave.
Weekend program scheduled for Unity in the Olympics

The Rev. Larry Schellink will present “Love God and… Continue reading

Unitarian speaker slated in Port Angeles

Phoenix Biggs will present “Singing of Honor… Continue reading