Warrene Hayne Suthon passed away on Monday, June 9, 2014, at the age of 57, after a long and courageous battle with breast cancer. She is survived by her daughter, Josephine Jason; her ex-husband, Robert Jason; her father, Walter J. Suthon, III; her sisters, Sally Suthon and Elizabeth Woods(Cooper) ; and her nephews Cooper and Foster Woods. She is preceded in death by her mother Warrene Hayne Suthon. Hayne was born in New Orleans and attended Trinity Episcopal School and Metairie Park Country Day School. She graduated from Stephens College and Tulane Law School. In 1983, she moved to New York and received a Master's Degree in Tax Law from NYU. After a brief law career, she became a restauranteur. She opened Cave Canem in the East Village in 1987. She later launched Lucky Cheng's in 1993 and continued to operate it until her death. Hayne and her restaurants became legendary. She was a beloved fixture in New York's East Village. Though her life was cut short too soon, she lived it to the fullest. There will be a gathering in New York this week on her birthday and a memorial in New Orleans in July.
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Published in TheAdvocate.com from June 20 to June 22, 2014