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Miami Restaurant St. Roch Market Must Change Name: Judge

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  • Bayou Secret planned to use the name to open nationwide food halls and must now turn over all profits to the city of New Orleans.

The name may change, but the hype around a Design District’s food hall will not.

The St. Roch Market in Miami’s Design District was ordered to change it’s named after a court order from New Orleans.

New Orleans is home to the original St. Roch public Market, a popular food hall in the southeast area of the city. In 2018, the Louisiana city sued the food hall’s Miami owners – Will Donaldson and Barre Tanguis – when the food hall was named.

Sarah Vance, a U.S. District judge placed an injunction against Donaldson and Tanguis, restricting them from using the name for other locations, NOLA.com reported.

Bayou Secret, the company run by Donaldson and Tanguis, must pay a $10 fee to license the St. Roch name until December and $2 for every name-branded merchandise sold.

Bayou Secret planned to use the name to open nationwide food halls and must now turn over all profits to the city of New Orleans.

The city of New Orleans spent $3.2 million in the St. Roch public market, after Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

“The evidence suggests that defendants intend to capitalize on the goodwill and reputation developed by (the city),” U.S. District Judge Vance wrote in her ruling.

It is not known what the Design District’s food hall will be named next year, but the sizzles and smells of St. Roch will remain.

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