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Posted by Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle on Saturday, May 11, 2013 1:48 AM

Hicham Khodr purchased The Camellia Grill of New Orleans in 2006 from Michael Schwartz (see the review). Mr. Schwartz later sued Mr. Khodr for violation of a licensing agreement, and won that suit in 2012. This week, Mr. Khodr lost his appeal of that lawsuit. The court says he can no longer use the name Camellia Grill. In addition, the facade may require modifications because he is not permitted to use any images or design elements associated with the Camellia Grill.

Mr. Khodr says he will appeal the decision to the Louisiana Supreme Court but, in the meantime, he will follow the court's order and change the names of his two Camellia Grills (both the 1946 original on Carrollton and the branch in the French Quarter). Mr. Schwartz intends to resell the Camellia Grill license to someone else, who will presumably open a restaurant somewhere in New Orleans with the same look as the building pictured above, with the same style and menu, called The Camellia Grill.


I don't know the whole story, but I doubt I'd ever set foot in any place owned by Mr. Schwartz.

My wife and I ate at Camellia several times on our two pre-Katrina trips to NOLa. We always loved it and told anyone we knew going to NOLa to be sure to go to Camellia, and to look for Marvin.

Recently there wa a burger show on Travel Channel (the star has 'Wolverine' sideburns) and one of the places he went in the NOLa episode was Camellia, and Marvin was still there.

Whne we retirn to NOLa, we'll be going to whatever the place is called, and hope Marvin is still there.

A pox on Mr. Schwartz, though I don't know the whole story.
Posted by eruby on Monday, May 13, 2013 3:24 PM

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