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To mark the second anniversary of the completion of the $170-million historic restoration and grand re-opening of The Roosevelt New Orleans, two of the city’s leading tourism and sports celebrities – Mark Romig, newly named CEO of the New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation, and father Jerry Romig, voice of the New Orleans Saints – will come together to wind the towering, historic clock in the hotel’s grand lobby. The event will be held Thursday, July 21 at 4:30 p.m. at the property’s University Street entrance.
Guests and the public then will second-line with the Hot 8 Brass Band down to the world-famous Sazerac Bar for a complimentary, celebratory champagne toast with hotel general manager Tod Chambers.
In addition, the adjoining Sazerac Restaurant will offer a two-for-one special on all entrees. Complimentary valet parking is available for those who dine at the Sazerac Restaurant.
The Roosevelt Hotel, reborn as a Waldorf Astoria Collection® Hotel, celebrates the one-year anniversary of the property reopening following the completion of a $170 million restoration in July 2009.
The historic downtown New Orleans property, shuttered since Hurricane Katrina in 2005, originally opened in 1893 as the Grunewald. In 1923, it was rebranded as The Roosevelt in honor of President Theodore Roosevelt and retained its distinctive moniker until the hotel changed hands in 1965 and was renamed The Fairmont.
During its first year of operation, The Roosevelt New Orleans served as the backdrop for a number of prominent meetings and conventions, performances and city-wide celebrations.
The Roosevelt’s celebrated grand opening hosted thousands of locals and visitors, and included special performances by some of New Orleans’ most beloved performers, including Irma Thomas, the Neville Brothers and Allen Toussaint. The world famous Blue Room returned as a destination for entertainment by welcoming clarinetist Pete Fountain to christen the venue, followed by a special performance of “The Kingfish” with actor Spud McConnell.
“This hotel truly represents the flavor and passion of New Orleans with the international appeal and significance of the Waldorf Astoria brand,” said General Manager Tod Chambers. “We appreciate the support this community has given since we reopened 12 months ago. We look forward to continuing to provide our partners, vendors, owners and guests with incredible memories at this legendary hotel for years to come.”
Boasting more than 60,000 square feet of meeting and convention space, The Roosevelt played host to nearly 300 groups during the past year. Among the first was the New Cardiovascular Horizons conference.
Most recently, The Roosevelt welcomed the world-champion New Orleans Saints for their Super Bowl ring ceremony. That followed a series of celebrations at the distinguished property which included the return of the holiday lobby and Teddy Bear Tea, as well as grand opening celebrations for venues, such as the Guerlain Spa and Rooftop Bar at The Roosevelt. Among the most popular events was a celebration of the 60th anniversary of “Stormin’ the Sazerac,” which marked the first time women were allowed in the Sazerac Bar.
For more information on The Roosevelt New Orleans, visit www.therooseveltneworlens.com. Memories of The Roosevelt can be logged at the hotel’s blog site: www.therooseveltneworleans.com/blog.
The Gambit is hosting its Top 10 Bars Readers’ Choice Awards. Winners will be announced in the July 6 issue. Please click on the link below and vote for your favorite bar in New Orleans, the Sazerac Bar at The Roosevelt!
Join The Roosevelt Hotel for the Artists in Residence Event, Wednesday, June 23 from 3 pm to 7 pm. The Event will take place in the grand lobby of the hotel.
Featured artists this month include:
Ronnie Cardwell is an avid photographer and thrives upon the ability to “be in the right place at the right time” in order to freeze one small part of time in his camera frame. His photographs reveal both the wonders of Mother Nature and the culture and excitement of the city. Ronnie has the profound talent to make this diversity tangible for all who view his photographs. His utilization of lighting and color bring life to his work and warmth to the viewer’s heart.
Mignon Faget designs original jewelry that is inspired by the natural and man-made landmarks of New Orleans and southern Louisiana. A fifth generation New Orleanian, Faget has flourished in the culture and traditions of her birthplace and her collections reflect this. “Every New Orleans Lady”, so it’s said, owns at least one piece of Mignon Faget jewelry, adornment as central to a lady’s wardrobe in this city as a piece from Tiffany & Co. in New York.”
James Jensen burst onto the professional art scene at the age of 12 with his first commission from a local sophisticate. Experienced with all forms of art, James now glamorizes beautiful woman with his line of fabulous Glamour Trash Jewelry. Using old Disco Records and his own “secret” finishes, he has concocted the first truly new jewels in decades.
Martin Welch is an Impressionist using energetic brushstrokes and bright colors. He grew up in the south and currently lives and works in New Orleans. Martin says he’s just a southern boy at heart and paints the way he thinks, feels and remembers. His paintings are used in the new HBO series “Treme”.
For more information, call (504) 648-1200.