Blakeview: The Stormin’ of the Sazerac_lowres


This Friday, Sept. 23, the Roosevelt Hotel's annual Stormin' of the Sazerac event commemorates the first time women were allowed inside the hotel's famed Sazerac Bar in 1949. The hotel itself has gone by many names over the years, including Grunewald, Fairmont and Roosevelt. For more than 30 years, another name was well-known there: owner Seymour Weiss. Born in Bunkie, Weiss came to New Orleans 100 years ago to work in a Canal Street shoe store. After serving in World War I, he went to the Roosevelt looking for a job and was hired to manage the hotel barbershop. By 1931, Weiss had worked his way up to the position of president. He became a confidant of Gov. Huey Long, who made the Roosevelt his personal headquarters during visits to New Orleans, and even became treasurer of Long's secret political fund. In 1965, Weiss sold the hotel. He died in 1969.