Restaurateur buys New Orleans' historical Whitney Hotel

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Restaurateur Robert Thompson has purchased the Whitney Hotel in partnership with the GBX Group. Photo Credit: Courtesy of the Whitney Hotel

A hospitality firm led by restaurateur Robert Thompson has purchased the Whitney Hotel in New Orleans, in partnership with real estate firm GBX Group.

The Whitney Hotel is a 93-key property with 24 suites in a building in the city's Central Business District that was constructed in 1910 as a bank and is now a National Historic Landmark. Its previous owner was New Orleans hotelier Joe Jaeger.

"We're going to bring new energy to this legendary property, reimagining experiences," Thompson said in a statement. "This means opening the first on-site restaurant in the property's history -- a vegetable-forward, southern restaurant -- as well as a thoughtful cocktail bar that transitions from afternoon happy hour to late-night last calls and an aroma-filled, fresh flower boutique."

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Thompson opened his first restaurant in Nashville in 1997. He moved to New Orleans in 2021 and launched boutique hospitality company Angevin & Co.; last June, the company acquired its first property, the Frenchmen Hotel. The property is scheduled to open in February in New Orleans' Marigny neighborhood, adjacent to the French Quarter.

Angevin & Co. is working with FAM Design on renovations and updates to the Whitney that will "preserve the historic integrity of the building," and the hotel is expected to reopen to guests in the first quarter of 2023, according to the statement.   

Angevin & Co. also operates the restaurant and bar Three Saints Revival in Denver.

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