It’s just a change of two letters, but the new name for the steakhouse inside Harrah’s New Orleans Casino is symbolically significant.
BH Steak quietly opened over the weekend. It’s the replacement for Besh Steak, which the casino had previously run in a partnership with celebrity chef John Besh.
That arrangement ended last week, with the casino cutting ties with Besh after allegations of sexual misconduct and harassment documented in a story from nola.com writer Brett Anderson. Besh has since stepped down from operations at his company, the Besh Restaurant Group.
The name BH Steak is a tribute to the late William “Bill” Harrah, who started his gaming company in the 1930s with bingo parlors and built it into a major player in the casino world.
The sign for BH Steak now over the entrance to the restaurant uses the same font and layout as Besh Steak, making the change a subtle one in practice.
The new restaurant has the same staff as before, including chef Paul Robert and general manager Robert Wailes. The staff are employees of Harrah’s Casino, not the Besh Restaurant Group.
The look of the restaurant is otherwise unchanged, from the sleek bar up front to the George Rodrigue Blue Dog paintings lining the dining room wall.
However, more changes for the space are planned soon, said Dan Real, manager of Harrah's New Orleans Casino and regional president for its parent company, Caesar's Entertainment.
The menu has been tweaked since the change to BH Steak but follows the same high-end steakhouse format, with a mix of steaks and chops, seafood and some regional dishes. For instance, the menu still tops out with the high-roller 38 oz. cowboy steak and runs through the "faux gras pâté," barbecue shrimp and crab and corn bisque.
Besh Steak was the second restaurant opened by John Besh, coming along in 2003, just two years after the debut of his Restaurant August a block away.
BH Steak (at Harrah's Casino)
8 Canal St., 504-533-6111
Dinner daily (from 5 p.m.)
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