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Alon Shaya to open Saba at Kenton’s spot 

Shaya takes over the lease to open a modern Israeli restaurant

Alon Shaya will open his new modern Israeli restaurant, Saba, in the space currently occupied by Kenton's (5757 Magazine St.), which will close March 18. The news comes less than a week after Shaya announced plans to open a new Israeli restaurant in Uptown and one in Denver, Colorado.

  Kenton's owners Sean Josephs and Mani Dawes announced in an email they will close their upscale eatery. It offers a limited menu through March 18. Shaya is taking over the lease on the space.

  Shaya left the acclaimed Israeli restaurant bearing his name last fall amid a contentious split with the Besh Restaurant Group. Shaya soon launched Pomegranate Hospitality ( and hired James Beard Foundation Rising Star Chef award-winner Zachary Engel as culinary director.

  Josephs and Dawes live in New Orleans and also run the restaurants Maysville and Tia Pol in New York City. They opened Kenton's in fall 2015, and it offered a menu of elevated Southern fare and a wide selection of bourbons. Josephs said Dawes will continue to oversee the couple's New York restaurants while Josephs focuses on the Pinhook Bourbon brand, in which he is a partner.


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