The Queen Mary Tearoom and Restaurant filed a federal lawsuit against us in September 2014 alleging copyright infringement.

We refused to backdown to corporate bullies and in early 2015 settled out of court.

As part of the settlement we agreed to not ship outside of Utah under our name, The Queens’ Tea. We were not happy about this and are still angry that an out of state company with a different name than our business could sue us. (Interesting to note that the Queen Mary Tearoom and Restaurant in Seattle has yet to sue the Queen Mary Tearoom in Los Angeles.)

We are working hard to recover from the financial loss that the lawsuit imposed on us. We are working hard to launch our non-profit, The DigniTEA Foundation. Once that is up and running we will be able to ship our tea blends from the online store under the name DigniTEA.

For now, we only provide tea to coffee shops, restaurants and directly to customers in Utah.

The Queens’ Tea is on the shelf at these locations

Downtown

Publik Coffee Roasters
Hours: Monday-Friday 7:00am – 5:00pm, Saturday and Sunday 8:00am – 5:00 pm
Location: 975 S. West Temple, SLC, UT 84101

The People’s Coffee
Hours: Monday-Friday 7:00am – 9:00pm
Location: 221 East 300 South, SLC, UT 84111

9th and 9th

Dolcetti Gelato
Hours: 11:00am – 11:00pm
Location: 902 South 900 East SLC, UT 84105

Trolley Square

Cosset Bath and Body
Location: 602 E 500 S Suite D-137

Sugarhouse

Joffee’s Coffees
Winter Hours: Thursday-Sunday 10:00am – 5:00pm
Location: 2121 South McClelland St. Ste 103 SLC, UT 84106

Murray

Wasatch Front Farmers Market Store
Winter Hours: Thursday-Sunday 10:00am – 5:00pm
Location: 5823 S. State Street Murray, UT 84107

Holladay

3 Cups
Location: 4670 S 2300 E Murray; Phone: 385-237-3091

Park City

Publik Coffee
Location: 638 Park Ave (Inside Kimball Art Center); Phone: 435-200-8693

The Queens’ Tea is on the menu in these locations (No retail bags)

Downtown

Zest Kitchen and Bar

Hours: Tuesday-Saturday- Kitchen 4 pm- 11 pm. Friday and Saturday Bar is open 4 pm – 1 am.
Location: 275 South 200 West, Salt Lake City, UT 84101
Phone:(801) 433-0589

La Barba
Hours: Monday-Friday 7:00am – 9:00pm
Location: 327 W 200 S SLC, UT 84101

University of Utah

Charming Beard
Location: Spencer Fox Eccles Business Building, 5th Floor, University of Utah

Natural History Museum of Utah
Open Daily 10:00 am- 5:00 pm; Wednesday 10:oo am- 9:00 pm (Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas)
Location: 301 Wakara Way, Salt Lake City Utah 84108

SUED FOR BEING QUEENS

We resolved the dispute with the Seattle-based Queen Mary Tearoom and Restaurant in February 2015. We settled out of court and we get to keep our name and our brand.
To be honest, we are still very angry that we had to be involved in what we feel was corporate bullying. For example, why hasn’t the Queen Mary Tearoom and Restaurant sued the Queen Mary Tearoom in Los Angeles if they are so worried about brand confusion and infringement? Why would the Queen Mary Tearoom and Restaurant in Seattle file a federal lawsuit against a tiny Salt Lake City-startup that has no employees and that sells tea at farmers’ markets? We still pat ourselves on the back firm in the knowledge that a 20 year old company in a different state felt so threatened by us that they had to file a federal lawsuit to try and shut us down.

As we said to the press, the Queen Mary Tearoom and Restaurant picked on the wrong queens. As out and proud gay men in Salt Lake City we do not back down to bullies.

Through our network of talented and generous friends we found a team of brilliant, powerful attorneys in Seattle who had our back and helped us navigate the rough waters of litigation.

The lawsuit disrupted our lives, our business, our non-profit, our finances and wreaked havoc on our emotions. We lost our commercial kitchen space where we blended and packaged tea and where we held fundraisers for homeless youth in Utah, where we hosted “Tea Church,” and where we taught our tea classes.

We’ve been called a lot of things in our day, but “quitter” isn’t one of them. We’re still here, we’re still going strong, and we will continue to blend tea and share our passion for fine teas.