The local craft cocktail trailblazers behind Cure (4905 Freret St., 302-2357; www.curenola.com) have a new venture in the works.
Neal Bodenheimer, Kirk Estopinal and Matthew Kohnke, partners in the Uptown cocktail destination, plan to open a bar called Bellocq in the new Hotel Modern (936 St. Charles Ave., 962-0900), formerly the Hotel Le Cirque, on Lee Circle.
The newly remodeled, 135-room hotel also will feature a restaurant from chef Dominique Macquet, of Dominique's on Magazine (4729 Magazine St., 894-8881; www.dominiquesonmag.com). Called Tamarind by Dominique, its cuisine will revolve around French and Vietnamese flavors.
New York-based hotelier Klaus Ortlieb began the redevelopment of the Hotel Modern this summer, and the hotel, restaurant and lounge are slated to open in late November.
Bellocq is named after the New Orleans photographer E.J. Bellocq, famous for his portraits of Storyville prostitutes. Don't expect a carbon copy of Cure, but rather a different concept with a "Moulin Rouge/vaudeville look," according to a hotel spokeswoman.
They're not saying much about what sort of drinks the lounge will serve beyond a general theme of "pre-Prohibition" concoctions. That would be in step with a rising trend among some craft cocktail enthusiasts, who are digging deeper into history for inspiration in their mixed drinks.