Todd A. Price exposes a huge fall opening this week: The Roosevelt Hotel will resurrect the long-closed Fountain Lounge, a historic restaurant/live music venue, in the former Sazerac Restaurant space next to The Sazerac bar, come October. The Fountain Lounge originally opened in 1938, and remained a popular destination during the golden age of last madams and their vidalias until closing in 1965.
As per the impending resurrection, the Roosevelt won't reveal the cost of the project, just that the "restaurant's entrance to its original location off the lobby" will be restored, but apparently there will NOT be a retro vibe a la The Sazerac. According to The Roosevelt, a modern, glamourous look will feature "rich wood flooring, luxurious fabrics and high-end finishes."
The restaurant is hoping to appeal to locals, and will serve lunch and dinner. Justin Ferguson, who left Superior Seafood for The Roosevelt in late 2012, has been crafting the menu of Louisiana specialties and small plates, and staying on trend, there will be a raw bar as well.
Price also reports that an epic wine list will feature 38 wines by the glass, including high end options. Two cocktails from the original Fountain Lounge? the Bayou Swizzle and the Jambalaya? will sit alongside more modern craft libations, not to trump the classics over at the Sazerac. Also expect free live music on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings/night.