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Woman sues, says rival restaurant stole secret family recipe

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Credit: Dumpling Girl Facebook page

Credit: Dumpling Girl Facebook page

BOSTON — The owner of a Massachusetts dumpling restaurant has sued three people she says stole her secret family recipe and opened a nearly identical eatery.

Nadia Liu Spellman, owner of Dumpling Daughter in Weston, says in her lawsuit filed in federal court this week that only three people knew her recipe: herself, her mother and her kitchen manager.

Her suit was filed against the three owners of Dumpling Girl, in Millbury, two of whom once worked for Spellman.

Credit: Dumpling Daughter Facebook page

Credit: Dumpling Daughter Facebook page

The suit says of 52 items on Dumpling Girl‘s menu, 41 are identical or virtually identical to dishes on Dumpling Daughter’s menu.

The suit alleges misappropriation of trade secrets, unjust enrichment, trademark infringement, and unfair competition.

A man who answered the phone at Dumpling Girl told The Boston Globe the eateries were “totally different,” before hanging up.