The Four Seasons New Orleans, the luxury hotel at foot of Canal Street, has finally set an official opening date.
The hotel, its centerpiece Chandelier Bar and Miss River — a signature restaurant from James Beard-winning chef Alon Shaya — will all open to the public on Aug. 17, hotel spokesperson Brad Packer confirmed.
Four Seasons Hotel & Private Residences also announced that it has started taking reservations now for hotel stays starting Sept. 1.
The Chandelier Bar, a new bar centered around bubbly, bites and classic cocktails, opens as the “glamorous lower-level centerpiece” of the luxury hotel. The bar features its own elaborate centerpiece — a namesake custom chandelier of 15,000 crystals.
Headed by beverage manager Hadi Ktiri, the Chandelier Bar will serve executions of classic New Orleans cocktails, such as the Sazerac, Ramos Fizz, Hurricane and French 75.
Ktiri gained notoriety as one of the principal bartenders at the famed French 75 Bar at Arnaud’s when they won the 2017 James Beard Award for Outstanding Bar Program.
Premium Champagnes and sparkling wines, including Dom Pérignon and Ruinart by the glass, will also flow from the bar’s offerings. Caviar service will complement the beverage program, along with a menu of bites.
Seating at Chandelier Bar is first come, first served.
Miss River, the signature dining concept from Shaya, is located on the hotel’s lobby level.
Touted as Shaya’s “love letter to Louisiana,” the menu will showcase the chef’s “spirited take on beloved local dishes,” a previous release said.
Signature dishes at Miss River include whole carved buttermilk fried chicken; dirty rice with seared duck breast, duck egg yolk and scallions; Louisiana oyster patty with flaky puff pastry, caramelized shiitake mushrooms and citrus zest; and salt-crusted Gulf red snapper with rosemary, lemon and extra virgin olive oil.
Diners can start booking reservations, starting today on OpenTable, for Aug. 17 and beyond.
Another restaurant, a new unnamed concept from chef Donald Link, is set to open on the hotel’s fifth floor with panoramic views of the Mississippi River. A specific opening date hasn’t been announced, but a previous news release said the restaurant is scheduled to open in October 2021.
The new Four Seasons hotel, housed in the former riverfront World Trade Center, includes 341 rooms and suites, a full-service spa, fitness center, outdoor pool deck, event spaces and 92 private residences.
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