A federal judge denied chef Alon Shaya's request for a temp-orary injunction against the con- tinued use of his name at Shaya (4213 Magazine St., 504-891-4213; www.shayarestaurant.com), the modern Israeli restaurant he launched with his former employer, the Besh Restaurant Group (www.brg-hospitality.com).
U.S. District Judge Ivan Lemelle denied 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 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.
Shaya, a James Beard Award-winning chef, was fired from executive chef positions at Shaya, Domenica and Pizza Domenica, in September 2017.
In October, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune published a bombshell of a story detailing a culture of sexual misconduct at Besh Restaurant Group and including allegations against John Besh and company officers.
Shaya has since launched his own culinary company, Pomegranate Hospitality (www.pomhospitality.com), and has said a new Israeli restaurant is in the works.