John Besh will revive historic Caribbean Room at Pontchartrain Hotel

November 2, 2015
By: Todd A. Price,

There was a time when the Caribbean Room at the Pontchartrain Hotel ranked among New Orleans' most elegant restaurants. Birthdays would be celebrated and proposals made between bites of chile sauce-spiked crabmeat Remick, trout Eugene and Mile High Pie. The restaurant faded after the founding Aschaffenburg family sold the hotel in the 1980s. The Caribbean Room eventually closed in 1994.

Now, chef John Besh plans to restore the splendor of the Caribbean Room when he re-opens the restaurant in mid-2016.

"The parts and pieces are still coming together," Besh said, "but the vision is very clear: not just recreating the past but shaping this into a place that pays homage to the past."