NEW ORLEANS Archie A. Casbarian, who lifted the once down-on-its-heels French-Creole restaurant Arnaud’s to prominence and made it a must-stop for the powerful, died Saturday of esophageal cancer. He was 72. Casbarian and his wife, Jane, took over Arnaud’s in 1978 after the restaurant, founded in 1918 by Arnaud Cazenave, had become worn at the edges. After Arnaud's reopening, Casbarian hosted every sitting president since Jimmy Carter.Casbarian was born in Alexandria, Egypt, and ...
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