Johnny Sánchez Baltimore, a 6,100 square foot outpost of the upscale, Mexican taqueria co-owned by John Besh and Aarón Sánchez, closed its doors in the Horseshoe Casino last month, reports the Baltimore Sun. The name Johnny Sánchez combines John Besh’s first name with Aarón Sánchez’s last name.
The New Orleans CBD location of Johnny Sánchez remains open.
The Baltimore restaurant closed before the sexual harassment allegations that have rocked the Besh Restaurant Group this week came to light. The casino decided not to renew the licensing agreement, which expired in September, with the chefs, so that it could pursue another concept, according to a casino spokesperson.
The Horseshoe Casino in Baltimore is operated by Caesars Entertainment Corp., the group that also operates Harrah’s Casino New Orleans. Harrah’s Casino New Orleans, which housed Besh Steak, severed ties with Besh over the weekend following the report of allegations of institutionalized sexual harassment that quickly led to John Besh stepping down from the Besh Restaurant Group.
Neither Johnny Sánchez restaurant was mentioned in the NOLA.COM story that exposed the culture of sexual harassment in the Besh Restaurant Group. Both casinos say that, to their knowledge, none of the allegations pertain to either of the Besh restaurants under their roofs.
Johnny Sánchez, Co-Owned by Restaurateur John Besh, Closed at Horseshoe Casino Before Sexual Harassment Allegations [BALTIMORE SUN]
Harrah's Casino Severs Ties With John Besh [NOLA.COM]
John Besh Restaurants Fostered Culture of Sexual Harassment, 25 Women Say [NOLA.COM]
From Combat Marine to Celebrity Chef: How John Besh Built a Restaurant Empire Post-Katrina[NOLA.COM]
John Besh Steps Down from Restaurant Group Following Sexual Harassment Allegations [EATER]