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WWII museum, John Besh to end relationship

1 year ago May 29, 2014 May 29, 2014 Thursday, May 29 2014 Thursday, May 29, 2014 2:07:59 AM CDT in News
Source: Associated Press
By: Hunter Robinson

NEW ORLEANS - Five years ago, John Besh opened the American Sector inside the National WWII Museum but officials say the museum is looking for a change.

The John Besh Restaurant Group's management agreement with the museum expires July 31 for both the American Sector, known for its playful updates on classic mid-century American dishes like tomato soup, meatloaf and chicken and dumplings, and the Soda Shop.

Museum spokeswoman Kacey Hill says the museum is experiencing record growth and its needs have changed so they've decided not to renew its relationship with Besh's group. She says it's unclear whether they'll rename the restaurants.

Besh spokeswoman Emery Whalen says the change will allow Besh's group to focus on expansion of restaurants they own in the city.

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