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John Besh and Alon Shaya settle dispute

Besh hospitality company retains use of Shaya name



Capping a months-long legal battle in federal court, John Besh (pictdured) and Alon Shaya reached a settlement over use of the name Shaya at the modern Israeli restaurant they opened together in 2015.

  BRG Hospitality (, formerly called the Besh Restaurant Group, released a joint statement from both parties announcing the settlement, which severs Shaya's involvement with restaurants Domenica, Pizza Domenica and Shaya. BRG Hospitality will retain the name Shaya for the Magazine Street restaurant.

  "Both parties acknowledge the difficult circumstances that are inherent with a business dispute, but also recognize the significant achievements accomplished together over the course of many years of collaboration," the statement says.

  The public split between longtime business partners Besh and Shaya came last fall amid news reports of widespread sexual misconduct at the Besh Restaurant Group. Following the split, Shaya — whose namesake Israeli restaurant has garnered national acclaim — launched his own restaurant group, Pomegranate Hospitality ( His team plans to open a new modern Israeli restaurant, Saba (5757 Magazine St.) as well as Safta restaurant in Denver.

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