Chef John Besh and his partners have built a collection of restaurants that have different culinary identities and different personalities. Soon, one of the most acclaimed members of the Besh Restaurant Group, Shaya, may have a different owner.

Chef Alon Shaya and the Besh Restaurant Group are “parting ways,” and Shaya is in negotiations to buy the Uptown restaurant that bears his name. restaurant writer Brett Anderson first reported the news Monday.

Alon Shaya confirmed the news to The Advocate. A spokesman for the Besh Restaurant Group also confirmed the report, and noted that Domenica and Pizza Domenica, Besh restaurants where Shaya is also a partner, are not part of the negotiations.

Shaya opened in 2015 serving modern Israeli cuisine, a contemporary blend of traditional Middle Eastern flavors and influences from the broader world of Jewish cooking.

Shaya has been a partner in the restaurant from the start, and he has described the restaurant as a personal reflection of his roots. The Tel Aviv native was raised in Philadelphia and started working with the Besh Restaurant Group in 2003.

His namesake restaurant quickly became a magnet for attention, and Shaya and its chefs have won James Beard Foundation awards in three consecutive years. Alon Shaya himself won the group’s regional award for Best Chef: South in 2015. In 2016, the restaurant won the national award for Best New Restaurant. The following year, Shaya’s chef de cuisine, Zachary Engel, won the national award for Rising Star Chef of the Year.

The Besh Restaurant Group has been expanding in other markets. The Marsh House restaurant opened in Nashville last year, and another, called Eunice, is under development in Houston. Besh and Aaron Sanchez also have locations of their modern taqueria Johnny Sanchez in Baltimore as well as downtown New Orleans.

The company has also contracted.

In February, the San Antonio version of Lüke closed after six years in business. In May, Besh’s company sold La Provence to a new chef and owner, after operating the longtime Lacombe landmark for 10 years.

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