BOULDER, Colo. (AP) – The University of Colorado wants to know whether a barbecue restaurant is using its beloved buffalo mascot improperly.

Ralphie’s restaurant near campus shares a name with the university’s buffalo mascot. The Daily Camera reports that the restaurant has a sign featuring a generic buffalo, with the restaurant’s name is spelled out in a black-and-gold font similar to that used by the school.

Ralphie’s is owned by Art Johnson, who played football for CU in the late 1970s.

University spokesman Bronson Hilliard wouldn’t go so far as to say that the restaurant is in violation of the school’s trademark policies. But he said that Athletic Director Mike Bohn and licensing director J.T. Galloway will be swinging by the restaurant after it opens Monday to talk about the name.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)


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