November 3, 2015
By: Helen Freund, Gambit Nola
Chef John Besh will oversee the food and beverage program at the Pontchartrain Hotel when the historic building reopens next year, the building's owners announced Nov. 2.
Chicago-based real estate company AJ Capital Partners, which purchased the historic building on St. Charles Avenue in January, said the partnership with the local restaurant group will include a revival of the storied Caribbean Room as well as the Bayou Bar, the grab-and-go Silver Whistle coffee shop and a still-unnamed rooftop bar boasting a 270-degree view overlooking the city and the Mississippi River.
“It’s an honor to play a part in shaping the future of a place that holds previous memories for me and so many other locals,” Besh said in a prepared statement.