Where Y'Eat: On taste and time at the Pontchartrain Hotel

Jun 30, 2016

In New Orleans these days, some restaurants aren't just up against all the other eateries in town. Some revived historic restaurants are also up against idealized memories of themselves that live on in the city's long memory.

The latest example is the Pontchartrain Hotel, which reopened on St. Charles Avenue in June and brought back a clutch of restaurants that were touchstones of their time a generation ago in New Orleans.

The Caribbean Room, the Bayou Bar, the Silver Whistle café -- these are evocative names for people who knew the Pontchartrain Hotel in its prime. Today, its new developers behind it are banking on that appeal, even as they try to create something new here. In the balance are old memories and modern expectations for restaurants and bars as the landmark is revived for a new generation.

The Pontchartrain Hotel

2031 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans, 504-323-1400

The Caribbean Room


Dinner daily 5 p.m.-10 p.m.; lunch Fri. 11 a.m.-2 p.m.; brunch Sun. 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

The Silver Whistle Café


Daily 7 a.m.-3 p.m.

The Bayou Bar


Mon.-Thu. 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; Fri. and Sat. 11 a.m.-2 a.m.; Sun. 10 a.m.-11 p.m.

Hot Tin rooftop bar


Wed.-Thu. 4 p.m.-12 a.m.; Fri. 4 p.m.-2 a.m. Sat. 2 p.m.-2 a.m.