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Hotel Monteleone Bar and Restaurant

New Orleans, LA

The Carousel Piano Bar & Lounge sits at the heart of the Hotel Monteleone - a historic landmark and the only high-rise building in the French Quarter. A favorite destination of tourists and locals alike, the frequently crowded, merry-go-round-themed bar was in need of renovation and a significant expansion to accommodate additional guests.

The renovation, part of a multi-phase master plan for the hotel that required Vieux Carre Commission approval, was an extensive undertaking. SCNZ completely refreshed the bar and lounge area with a dramatic coffered ceiling, glass chandeliers and new ten-foot windows which opened up the limestone façade and allowed much needed light into the space. We added a second bar and additional seating, effectively doubling the capacity of the lounge, and oversaw the refurbishment of the namesake Carousel bar and its unique rotation mechanism, as well as the restoration and repainting of its signature themed seats. The project also included the complete renovation of the restaurant space. The newly christened Criollo includes new private dining rooms and an eye-catching expo kitchen where diners can watch their meals come together. Now, the Carousel Bar and Restaurant are busier than ever, delighting visitors looking for fine dining and cocktails in a classic and unique New Orleans setting.

  • Client

    Hotel Monteleone
  • Project Type

    Hospitality · Historic Preservation
  • Awards

    Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc., Award of Excellence 2012 Vieux Carré Commission Certificate of Recognition for Renovation & Preservation 2012
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