RIDGELAND — What’s clear about the Shapley’s controversy is that Mark Shapley is getting back into the restaurant business on Centre Street this summer.

When Shapley’s closes on Centre Street at the end of June and moves to the Renaissance, the company that has been leasing the restaurant for 20 years may be prohibited from taking the name.

Shapley’s plans to move into the current Ruth’s Chris location at Renaissance at Colony Park the first of July.

However, Mark Shapley, the founder of the popular steakhouse, filed suit against current proprietor Scott Koestler over the naming rights.

Shapley announced this week plans to re-open Shapley’s at the current Centre Street site under his ownership, leaving many to guess which restaurant will be named Shapley’s come July.

Koestler confirmed Tuesday they would be vacating the Centre Street location and moving to Renaissance, where they will continue to serve the “same great food” he and his team have been cooking up for the last 20 years.

He declined to comment about the federal lawsuit filed by Shapley and said he would do so in a response to the court.

Shapley filed suit on March 7 in U.S. District Court alleging he owns the rights to use the Shapley’s name because it was included in an original lease agreement signed in 1998 with Koestler.

He claims when the lease ends on June 2018, Koestler no longer has the exclusive right to use the name Shapley’s. Furthermore, Shapley says in August 2008, Koestler filed a federal trademark application to register the name “for restaurant and bar services.”

Shapley filed a petition to cancel the registration with the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board in September 2017, alleging the trademark was obtained through fraud.

Shapley announced his plans on Facebook this week that he and his wife were getting back into the restaurant business in their original location on Centre Street.

“We are very excited about this opportunity and plan to continue the same great menu and service that you came to know from us years ago,” he wrote. “We’re also excited to have our nephew Jeffrey Shapley join our team and continue as general manager. Jeffrey has been at Shapley’s for over 12 years and will be an invaluable asset to our new venture.”

Cooper Restaurants Inc. announced Sunday it was closing its Ruth’s Chris Steak House location at Renaissance after a 10-year run.

“Unfortunately, due to changing market dynamic we have made the decision to close this Ruth’s Chris location,” Luis del Valle, vice president of Cooper Restaurants, stated in a release.