New Generations of New Orleanians to be Hosted in World-Famous Blue Room and Legendery Sazerac Bar at The Roosevelt New Orleans

Posted on: February 12th, 2009 by admin 13 Comments

NEW ORLEANS – Feb. 10, 2009 – Through more than a century of operation, The Roosevelt New Orleans served as the backdrop for many historic events and often made history in its own right. Key among plans to restore the property to its previous grandeur and appeal will be the reopening of the hotel’s famed Blue Room and legendary Sazerac Bar.

The smell of Eggs Benedict, musical notes from horns and pianos, and the sound of laughter from receptions soon will fill the air at The Roosevelt New Orleans’ world-renowned Blue Room, scheduled to reopen in the summer of 2009.

The Blue Room – legendary with locals, visitors and celebrities – also will return to the Sunday brunch circuit complete with delights such as mascarpone-stuffed French toast with house-made satsuma marmalade, boiled Gulf shrimp, a carving table featuring the finest roasted meats and much more.

Many big-band fans around the world will warmly recall turning to WWL radio at night and hearing the sounds of the Leon Kelner Orchestra, the house band, live from the Blue Room. With gleaming chandeliers and carefully restored architectural details, the renovated Blue Room once again will host live entertainment that appeals to all ages.

“The Blue Room is a household name not just in New Orleans but across the country and even around the globe,” said Mark Wilson, sales and marketing director at The Roosevelt New Orleans. “For decades, the Blue Room was a place for family and friends to enjoy good music and food and to celebrate life’s special occasions. We’re excited to reintroduce this pastime to new generations of New Orleanians and visitors.”

In the golden era of supper clubs from the 1930s to the 1960s, the Blue Room played host to some of the best-known names in entertainment and big bands – including Tony Bennett, Louis Armstrong, Marlene Dietrich, and Sonny and Cher – as well as to elaborate floor shows.

In addition to hosting Sunday brunch and frequent entertainment, the Blue Room again will be available for the most special of special events, including weddings and carnival balls. For more information about booking the Blue Room for events, contact Earl Lizana, director of catering, at (504) 648-1200 or at earl.lizana@hilton.com.

The Sazerac Bar, a Roosevelt landmark for decades, again will serve its signature Sazerac cocktail and Ramos Gin Fizz – both invented in New Orleans and made popular worldwide by The Roosevelt – among other delights. In addition to beverages that stimulate the palate, patrons again will be able to enjoy the Art Deco-style murals by artist Paul Ninas and woodwork once held in awe by visitors.
When The Roosevelt New Orleans reopens, it will offer 504 guest accommodations, of which 135 will be suites, and 60,000 square feet of meeting and event space, including the spacious 20,000-square-foot Roosevelt Ballroom, 12,000-square-foot Crescent City Ballroom and the 7,000-square-foot Waldorf Astoria Ballroom, along with a total of 23 distinctive meeting and event rooms. For more information, visit www.waldorfastoriacollection.com.

Memories of the hotel’s meeting rooms, the Blue Room and the Sazerac Bar can be logged at the hotel’s blog site: www.therooseveltneworleans.com/blog.

13 Responses

  1. Blue Room, Sazerac Bar, and Lobby Renderings | The Roosevelt New Orleans Blog says:

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  2. Paula Furr says:

    One of my fondest memories of the Roosevelt was when my father, who worked as an oyster opened and bartender for Bozo’s on St. Ann, came home and told my mother to go out to the car and touch the passenger side seat. He just dropped Frankie Laine off at The Roosevelt where he was appearing in the Blue Room. She was a big Frankie Laine fan and was upset that my dad didn’t bring Frankie to the house before taking him back to the hotel.

    I also remember going to the Roosevelt during the Christmas holidays with my mom and my sister and brother. It was like being in a fairy land with the snowy walls and ceiling and twinkling lights, and the smell of gingerbread wafting through the lobby. I’m going to be a grandmother this year and look forward to taking my grandchild to view the lobby and attend the Teddy Bear Tea next year.

  3. THOMAS BATE says:

    Some of my finest times were going to the midnight shows at the BlueRoom. I saw Lily Tomlin shocking the audiences of the early 70′s with her routine of being bisexual.. I guess the Blue Room audiences at that time were not ready.. I saw Bette Midler, and I have never had such a great time.. I danced to the Pointer Sisters in the Blue Room. And I was blessed to see Marlene Detrich sing , WHERE HAVE ALL THE FLOWERS GONE. Its seemed to me at the time, she was so soused she could barely stand, but we all loved her non the less. I believe the midnight show tickets were $5.00!
    I dont know where all the flowers have gone, but I’m glad your going to bring them back… to the BLUE ROOM!

  4. Philip J Cheramie says:

    It would be great if music from big band era and dancing would be back in the Blue Room!!

  5. Abby says:

    The Blue Room is a very special place to my family. My grandparents worked there for many years. On May 17, 1958 my grandfather, James LeBlanc was killed in the Blue Room. I have heard so many amazing stories of this place and I can’t wait until it reopens!! My grandmother, Lauretta Erwin has been waiting for the day that the Blue Room will reopen because she has so many memories of this wonderful place!!!

  6. DaShawn James says:

    I am working on a research paper about The Roosevelt. I have learned many great things about this historic landmark that I am now ready to be amazed like the bloggers before me. I have never been and Hurricane Katrina was a big factor to that. With so much washed away in the hurricane, i realize generations was lost. Reoppening the hotel would sure bring a familiar atmosphere that is deeply needed back in New Orleans.

  7. My Dad Sylvain A. Scallan was the matriede at the Saxerac Bar for 20 are so years and left a couple of years after it changed to the Fairmount Hotel. My sisters and late brother visited the hotel many time, we have photos of my dad at the door of the Sazerac Bar visitors to dine and drink their. My family would love to donate some things in his name if possible. My Dad passed on March 14, 1989 and Mom on March 10, 1988 the year before. They both died from pancretic cancer.

    Thanks Again,

    Ronald A. Scallan

  8. Leo Marcotte says:

    This is great news. My father (Leo Marcotte) worked in the Blue Room as busboy, waiter, then maitre’d after WWII and became Catering Manager their in the 60′s. I have many fine memories growing up with shows from the Andrew’s Sisters, Bob Hope, and Liberace to name a few. It was a special place then and am sure it will be again.

  9. Ronald A. Scallan
    May 7, 2009
    My Dad Sylvain A. Scallan was the matriede at the Saxerac Bar for 20 are so years and left a couple of years after it changed to the Fairmount Hotel. My sisters and late brother visited the hotel many time, we have photos of my dad at the door of the Sazerac Bar visitors to dine and drink their. My family would love to donate some things in his name if possible. My Dad passed on March 14, 1989 and Mom on March 10, 1988 the year before. They both died from pancretic cancer.

    Thanks Again,

    Ronald A. Scallan

  10. June 19, 2009

    To whom it may concern:

    As I said in my May 7, 2009 comment my dad Sylvain A. Scallan was the maitre’d at the Saxerac Bar for 20 are so years and left a couple of years after it changed to the Fairmount Hotel.

    I have come accross some old photos of dad with I believe is the old owner and a cook, but I do not have any names, can you all help?

    Thanks Again,

    Ronald A. Scallan
    3912 Charles Drive
    Chalmette, La. 70043
    ( 504 ) 304-6900
    we2010reunion@yahoo.com

  11. Ralph Caplan says:

    My wife, Lee, and I were engaged at the Zacerac Bar over a Zacerac cocktail December 19, 1961. I gave her an empty ring box and after her initial disappointment, I pulled the ring out of my pocket. This humor has continued for 47 years. The year before the Zacerac experience, we have a picture taken in The Blue Room which is still in The Blue Room folder. My birthday is July 31st and we plan to stay at The Roosevelt and, of course celebrate our 47 years of marriage at the Zacerac.

  12. Shawn Keenan says:

    I’ve been waiting all my life to dance with my Dad at the Blue Room! He bought my mom a blue velvet dress just to go there before I was born…she grew up very poor in West Virginia & the Blue Room was like a palace to her she told me. I wish she were alive to go with me & my dad, but I’m sure she’ll be there in spirit. We’re planning a whole weekend there soon! Thank you for restoring it!

  13. Dianne Mire says:

    I remember going to the Blue Room with my whole family, aunts ,uncles, cousins to celebrate special occassions. I was very young, maybe 7 or 8 and going through the revolving doors in the lobby was a special treat. My mother always dressed us up in new clothes and shiny patten leather shoes. The Blue Room always seemed like a magical place to me. I look forward to seeing it again.

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