Chef John Besh plans to reopen Caribbean Room in Pontchartrain Hotel not to ‘re-create the past, but honor it’

November 2, 2015
By: Ian McNulty, The Advocate

One of the great New Orleans restaurants of a generation past is coming back, led by a top chef from the city’s culinary vanguard.

John Besh plans to reopen the Caribbean Room in the Pontchartrain Hotel when that historic St. Charles Avenue property itself reopens after a major renovation now underway.

The chef’s Besh Restaurant Group has signed a deal with the hotel’s owners, AJ Capital Partners, to provide food and beverage service at the 106-room hotel, the two companies announced Monday.

Through the partnership, Besh’s group will reopen two other historic amenities at the hotel — the Bayou Bar and the Silver Whistle coffee shop. It also will develop a new rooftop bar on the hotel’s penthouse level