A week after Harrah's New Orleans casino (8 Canal St., 800-427-7247; www.caesars.com/harrahs-new-orleans) cut ties with the Besh Restaurant Group (www.beshrestaurantgroup.com), the steakhouse inside the Canal Street casino officially has a new name. BH Steak has replaced Besh Steak, according to an announcement from the casino's general manager.
The restaurant's new name stems from the casino's founder, William "Bill" Harrah, who launched the Harrah's brand 80 years ago in Reno, Nevada.
The changes follow allegations of widespread sexual harassment and misconduct at the Besh Restaurant Group, reported in a NOLA.com | The Times–Picayune story. In the wake of the allegations, John Besh stepped down from his position at the company, but not before Harrah's announced a split between its brand and the celebrity chef.
Little besides the name appears to have changed at the restaurant, although there have been changes to the menu that were implemented over the past week. The same staff — employees of Harrah's New Orleans — have stayed on, and chef Paul Robert and general manager Robert Wailes are still leading the team, according to a statement from Dan Real, general manager for Harrah's New Orleans Casino and Regional President — South for Caesars Entertainment.
Harrah's was the first to cut ties with Besh after news of the alleged sexual misconduct broke, and since then American Public Television has dropped both of Besh's cooking shows from their network, both locally and nationally.