Aarón Sánchez, John Besh join forces to open taqueria in New Orleans

Gambit – On the heels of the announcement that that Besh Group is out at American Sector this July, John Besh is joining forces with fellow celebrity chef Aaron Sanchez to open Johnny Sanchez — a “spirited” taqueria — in the former Ste. Marie space located at 930 Poydras St.

The chefs, who originally met when Sanchez lived in New Orleans and worked under Chef Paul Prudhomme, will not only combine their names (John[ny] + Sanchez, get it?) for the restaurant, but their distinctive, colorful cooking styles and a commitment to sourcing local, fresh Louisiana ingredients.

“Ever since I first worked there, I have loved New Orleans: the food, the music, the spirit of the people, and the passion that the city evokes,” said Sanchez. “To us, the time is right for this kind of restaurant in New Orleans—people are passionate about Mexican food and these bold, balanced flavors. John and I love to cook together and we are very excited to share this with the community.”

The restaurant promises to combine high-end Mexican food with a casual vibe that lends itself to relaxing and drinking through an extensive list of tequila, mezcal and bourbon.

Sanchez is no stranger to developing menus for New Orleanians, having revamped the offerings at House of Blues in 2011.

The first Johnny Sanchez is slated to open in Baltimore this August, with our local outpost arriving later this year.

By: Sarah Baird