NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - According to a report by our partners NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune, the acclaimed restaurant Shaya can continue to operate under its former Executive Chef Alon Shaya's name for now, while a fight over who owns the valuable brand plays out in federal court, a judge ruled Wednesday.
Shaya had asked U.S. District Judge Ivan Lemelle to force the restaurant to drop the "Shaya" name until a trademark lawsuit with his former partners John Besh and Octavio Mantilla over the name is settled in court, according to the report.
The report said Shaya was fired from restaurant Shaya, Domenica and Pizza Domenica in September after his relationship with partners Besh and Mantilla had deteriorated amid an NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune investigation into allegations over sexual harassment in Besh Restaurant Group.
Shaya said in the report that he was disappointed that the restaurant will continue to profit off his name, but he had plans to open another Israeli restaurant soon.
According to NOLA.com's report, Besh argued the Shaya name remains with the restaurant, and that the idea for opening a restaurant featuring the cuisine of Shaya's native Israel wasn't originally the chef's idea and that it actually originated with Besh and Mantilla.
For more on this report, read the full article on NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune.