Sonja Morgan Just Escalated the Bethenny Frankel Booze Bustup with a Tipsy Girl Restaurant
An awning for a Tipsy Girl restaurant in New York City just went up
Page Six reports that an awning for Morgan’s Tipsy Girl restaurant and bar has gone up on Eighth St. in New York City, showing the reality star is moving forward not only with her line of prosecco – but, apparently, with a full restaurant.
Frankel’s pal and Bravo cast mate Carole Radziwill provided the voice of the Greek chorus in this ongoing drama with a short Instagram comment: “Seriously? Oh boy…”
The 2,000-sq.-ft. restaurant could be up and running as early as mid-July, according to Page Six. Locations elsewhere in N.Y.C. as well as in Miami, Los Angeles and Las Vegas are expected to follow.
The alcohol brawl kicked off late last year when Frankel, 45, tried to block the new brand and trademark its name through the US Patent and Trademark Office, presumably because “Tipsy Girl” very closely resembles her own $100 million booze brand, Skinnygirl. (The bid was not accepted in court.)
The drama between the Housewives has spilled into the reality show: Morgan, 52, was not invited on a Berkshires vacation due to her conflict with Frankel.
However, a source told PEOPLE in December that Frankel “doesn’t care” about the line and is more concerned about Morgan and her business partner, Peter Guimaraes, using her brand for media attention.
“This guy is trying to get his name in print,” the source adds. “It will never happen. Skinnygirl is simply protecting its intellectual property and making sure consumers are not confused.”
Frankel has a “legitimate” business that the Bravo reality show features frequently, added the source.
Of the other Housewives, the source said, “These other people’s businesses are not always real. They have to find stuff to keep the others relevant.”
The Real Housewives of New York City airs Wednesdays (9 p.m. ET) on Bravo.