Restaurant August, which in its six years has been noted repeatedly for its contemporary Creole cuisine, has become the centerpiece of a fledgling restaurant empire for chef-owner John Besh. This spring has been a busy one for Besh, who joined Restaurant August when it opened in 2001 and later bought it from the investors. He has added two new restaurants to his portfolio, which already included Besh Steakhouse in the Harrah’s New Orleans Casino.“In the first week in April, we ...

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