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Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Report: Judge denies Alon Shaya's request to bar restaurant's use of his name, for now

Posted By on Wed, Feb 7, 2018 at 2:52 PM

click to enlarge Chef Alon Shaya. - PHOTO BY CHERYL GERBER
  • PHOTO BY CHERYL GERBER
  • Chef Alon Shaya.

A federal judge denied chef Alon Shaya's request for a temporary injunction against the continued use of his name at Shaya (4213 Magazine St., 504-891-4213), the modern Israeli restaurant he launched with his former employer, the Besh Restaurant Group.

The New Orleans Advocate reported that U.S. District Judge Ivan Lemelle denied Alon Shaya’s request. Shaya had asked Lemelle to bar his former employers from using the name Shaya until a trademark lawsuit over the name is settled. The case that may not go to trial until next year.

The ruling is the latest development in a legal battle playing out in federal court between Shaya and his former boss and business partners John Besh and Octavio Mantilla.

The James Beard Award-winning chef and his longtime boss parted ways last year, shortly before NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune reported a bombshell of a story detailing a culture of sexual misconduct at the Besh Restaurant Group.

Shaya has since launched a separate culinary company, Pomegranate Hospitality, and has said a new Israeli restaurant is in the works.

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