Izzo’s Illegal Burrito, known for their huge, illegal-sized burritos is alleging a south Louisiana grocery chain is trying to roll-up it’s business expansion. In a blockbuster $10 Million lawsuit, the locally-owned burrito chain claims the owners of Rouses Supermarket conspired to block them from opening new restaurants in at least three prominent developments, costing them millions in lost income. The suit alleges Rouses specifically targeted Izzo’s for exclusion in developments they are tenants in.
The beef began in 2011 when Izzo’s claims a Rouses representative inquired about putting an Izzo’s franchise inside one of their stores. Izzo’s declined the invitation. About a year later Izzo’s won a court order to retrieve a stolen recipe book found in a Rouses in-store burrito bar. The case of the stolen recipes has blossomed into a full-blown case of bullying, says Izzo’s.
“Rouse’s conduct is reprehensible and will not be permitted to stop Louisiana businesses from thriving just because of the personal ill will of Rouse’s owners. This lawsuit is the first step to stop bullies like Rouse’s from impeding businesses in this state and country of free enterprise,” said the statement.
Rouses has declined to comment on the pending matter.
Read the entire sordid tale in Izzo’s legal filings here: