Hicham Khodr purchased The Camellia Grill of New Orleans in 2006 from Michael Schwartz (see the Roadfood.com 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.