The Roosevelt New Orleans Hotel (123 Baronne St., 504-648-1200; www.therooseveltneworleans.com) will reopen its Fountain Lounge this fall with a new look and a new menu. The "new" Fountain Lounge, adjacent to The Sazerac Bar, will be transformed into a "modern" raw bar and wine- and small plates-focused restaurant. The original Fountain Lounge opened in 1938 as a hip, Parisian-inspired counterpart to the hotel's more formal Blue Room, and it closed in the mid-1960s.
The updated space — with a menu from former Superior Seafood chef Justin Ferguson — will feature a raw bar with oysters and Gulf seafood, and a menu with items such as crispy fried oysters with Cajun vichyssoise, duck crackling and pecan ale-glazed pork belly. The drink menu will include modern spins on the original lounge's classic cocktails as well as a few dozen wines by the glass and an extensive selection of bottles. The lounge also will feature live music on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings. — Alex Woodward