WILMINGTON, Del. (CBS Las Vegas/AP) — The owners of a Las Vegas sandwich shop are asking a Delaware judge to prevent their franchise from being terminated.

The Capriotti’s Sandwich Shop company, founded in Delaware, says the Las Vegas shop owners violated their franchise agreement by selling sandwiches to the Crazy Horse III strip club, which advertised a promotion last fall offering patrons a six-inch Capriotti’s sub and a beer for $5 for its happy hour.

In a lawsuit filed Wednesday in Delaware’s Chancery Court, the shop owners say they never gave permission to the strip club to resell the sandwiches or to use the Capriotti’s name without the company’s permission.

“(W)e received multiple complaints from our other Las Vegas area franchisees who independently learned of this unauthorized promotion and association through the publicity it received on radio and over the Internet,” Patrick Walls, Capriotti’s president, told the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

The shop owners said they thought they were selling the sandwiches to strip club employees, noting that they even were asked to hold the onions because they were affecting the dancers’ breath.

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