John Besh, Alon Shaya reach settlement

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Chefs John Besh and Alon Shaya on Wednesday announced they had reached a settlement.
  • Chefs John Besh and Alon Shaya on Wednesday announced they had reached a settlement.

Capping a months-long legal battle in federal court, John Besh and Alon Shaya  announced they had reached a settlement.

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 modern Israeli 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. “BRG Hospitality and Alon Shaya are pleased that issues of contention have now been resolved.”

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 acclaimed Israeli restaurant has garnered widespread accolades — launched his own restaurant group, Pomegranate Hospitality. His team is currently working on opening a new modern Israeli restaurant, Saba, on Magazine Street as well as the restaurant, Safta, in Denver.

Wednesday’s release was worded amicably, and included statements from both Besh and his business partner Octavio Mantilla, and Shaya. Their statements are below.

“We are grateful to Alon for his services and partnership over the past decade. Alon is a gifted chef and we look forward to seeing where his many talents will lead him in the future.” — John Besh and Octavio Mantilla

“I am thankful for all the support and opportunities the BRG team has provided over the years. I’m looking forward to the next stage in my career with an appreciation for the hard work and great team it took to get here.” — Alon Shaya

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