Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Alon Shaya launches hospitality group, names Zach Engel Culinary Director

Posted By on Tue, Oct 17, 2017 at 7:01 PM

Alon Shaya has launched his own restaurant group - Pomegranate Hospitality - and has tapped Shaya's executive chef Zach Engel and General Manager Sean Courtney for lead positions at the new company. - PHOTO BY CHERYL GERBER
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  • Alon Shaya has launched his own restaurant group - Pomegranate Hospitality - and has tapped Shaya's executive chef Zach Engel and General Manager Sean Courtney for lead positions at the new company.

Within days of announcing the launch of his own restaurant group, Pomegranate Hospitality, Alon Shaya’s team is already pulling in big players.

On Tuesday, the group announced that chef Zachary Engel and Shaya general manager Sean Courtney are joining the newly formed company.

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ZZ Top suspends remainder of current tour, including stop at the Saenger Theatre

Posted By on Tue, Oct 17, 2017 at 3:07 PM

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The strength of their mighty beards can't overcome a "tummy ailment." ZZ Top has suspends the remainder of its 2017 tour due to bass-guitarist Dusty Hill's "tummy ailment," the band announced today. That includes a scheduled Nov. 12 stop at the Saenger Theater. The tour will resume in 2018.

"Tickets for the November 12th show at the Saenger Theatre in New Orleans will be honored at the rescheduled date, which will be announced soon," the Saenger said in a statement. "Please check our website and social channels in the coming weeks for more details."

Feel better, Mr. Hill.

Location Details Saenger Theatre
Saenger Theatre
1111 Canal St.
French Quarter
New Orleans, Louisiana
(504) 287-0351

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Tony the truck stop tiger euthanized after 17 years as Grosse Tete attraction

Posted By on Tue, Oct 17, 2017 at 11:00 AM

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Tony — a 17 year-old Siberian Bengal tiger — has died, after living his life as a Grosse Tete truck stop attraction at the center of a controversial legal battle over his ownership and life in Louisiana.

According to a statement from the Tiger Truck Stop website, Tony was euthanized Oct. 16 after exhibiting "typical signs that death was imminent" to "prevent Tony from suffering." The statement says Tony will be "preserved through taxidermy" following an autopsy.

Tony had lived at the truck stop since January 2001, when the tiger was six months old. "Tony knew many of the regular visitors to his Grosse Tete home and was known for
rubbing against the bars of his enclosure and 'chuffing' to those he liked," the statement said.

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