Wednesday, October 07, 2015

Owner of Dumpling Daughter in Weston Sues Former Workers; Cites Stealing of Concept, Recipes

The person behind a Chinese restaurant in the western suburbs of Boston has sued two former employees, saying that they stole her concept and some of her recipes.

Universal Hub is reporting that Nadia Liu Spellman of Dumpling Daughter in Weston filed a trademark and trade-secrets lawsuit this week in U.S. District Court, with the charges stating that two workers at the Center Street dining spot allegedly stayed "just long enough to make note of some of her recipes" before opening their own eatery in Millbury called Dumpling Girl. (A third person at the new spot is also mentioned in the suit, according to UH.) Spellman explains that in addition to stealing her recipes, the workers actually copied the exact wording from her menu, including that of the popular three-day pork ramen that she offers--and she claims the Millbury restaurant isn't up to the standards of Dumpling Daughter, which could potentially hurt the reputation of her eatery. Spellman wants the judge to force Dumpling Girl to "stop using the name and recipes and to pay damages," according to Universal Hub.

Nadia Liu Spellman opened Dumpling Daughter in December of 2014, offering items that carry on the tradition of her mother Sally Ling's dishes. (The family once ran a restaurant called Sally Ling's on the Boston waterfront in the mid-1980s that eventually moved to Cambridge, then New Jersey before closing.) Ling was Spellman's "number one consultant" during the process of opening Dumpling Daughter, as reported in an earlier article here.

Dumpling Daughter is a dining spot that our sister site (Boston's Hidden Restaurants) has featured as an under-the-radar place for dumplings, ramen, and more. The review can be found below:

The address for Dumpling Daughter is 37 Center Street, Weston, MA, 02493. Its website is at

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[Related article from our sister site (Boston's Hidden Restaurants): Slideshow--Twelve Food Items from Asian Restaurants in the Boston Area]