A young hotel developer who specializes in resurrecting aging treasures has plans to return the Pontchartrain Hotel to its former glory, according to a report.
Ben Weprin, 37, founder of AJ Capital Partners in Chicago, will oversee the renovation of the 88-year-old hotel in the Garden District. It’s scheduled to open in June, Forbes reported.
“Dude, the history of New Orleans is amazing,” Weprin told the magazine. “New Orleans is just f—king cool. Lil Wayne grew up around here!”
Weprin, who’s “careful not to apply a distasteful amount of gloss” to his projects, has renovated hotels in the Caribbean, Miami, Napa Valley and Chicago, Forbes reported.
At the Pontchartrain, he has plans to make each room feel homey and distinguish the hotel from other boutique hotels. A drink service will allow guests to have craft cocktails made in their rooms.
Last fall, chef John Besh announced that he plans to reopen the Caribbean Room in the Pontchartrain Hotel. His restaurant group has signed a deal to provide food and beverage service at the 106-room hotel, which includes the reopening of the Bayou Bar and the Silver Whistle coffee shop. The group will also develop a new rooftop bar.