Batch Brings Barrel Service to New Orleans
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Batch Brings Barrel Service to New Orleans
New Hyatt French Quarter bar to feature infused spirits, barrel and flask service
NEW ORLEANS, La. (May 21, 2012) - Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE: H) and the owners of Hyatt French Quarter, a joint venture between Carey Watermark Investors and HRI Properties, are proud to announce the opening of the hotel's bar, Batch, in June 2012. The concept and design of the artisan bar was developed in partnership with Blau + Associates and will offer a rich, modern décor with high quality spirits, infused with the natural flavors of oak barrels, accompanied with ingredients, such as, house made flavored simple syrups, Bing cherries and unique bitters. Batch will be a full-service bar and offer food options in the form of shared and small plates. Each of the menu items will feature local and regional ingredients in season.
In keeping with its namesake, the bar will feature barrel service in large and small quantities. At any time, patrons can find highlighted infused spirits, such as rum and bourbon, in large-batch barrels. There will also be a barrel service menu using smaller wood containers holding a pre-mixed cocktail for 4 to 6 people. In addition, Batch will offer flask service where guests have the option of ordering any infused or non-infused spirit. The flask makes 6 cocktails and comes with house made accompaniments for self service and mixing.
"We are so excited about the opening of Batch primarily because it will be such a unique bar in a city known for its sophisticated cocktail options," stated Darlene Marcello, Vice-President of Food and Beverage, HRI Lodging, "Batch will combine high quality ingredients and spirits, with the creativity of our Bar Chefs. Don't be surprised to find bacon-infused bourbon on the menu."
Powdered Sugar will also open in June offering grab-n-go menu items, counter service and a bodega-inspired market with items like wine, snacks and reading material. Menu items available in Powdered Sugar will feature seasonal salads, sandwiches and entrees using locally sourced ingredients. Coffee-lovers can enjoy the quality roasts of Intelligentsia Coffee.
The popular award-winning Red Fish Grill, owned and operated by Ralph Brennan Restaurant Group, is a full-service restaurant residing in Hyatt French Quarter. Known for its BBQ Oysters, Alligator Sausage, Seafood Gumbo and Double Chocolate Bread Pudding, Red Fish Grill is a local's favorite that guests at Hyatt French Quarter will undoubtedly enjoy. In addition, it was recently announced that The Hard Rock Café will be leasing approximately 10,000 square feet of space residing within Hyatt French Quarter. The restaurant plans on opening in early 2013.
About Hyatt French Quarter
Hyatt French Quarter is located in the New Orleans French Quarter and adjacent to the city's Central Business District. The hotel has recently undergone an $18 million restoration to the historic property included upgrades to the hotel's 254 guest rooms, as well as the hotel exterior, lobby, food and beverage outlets, plus landscaping and pool and deck area décor. Many rooms include balconies that overlook the French Quarter, courtyards or Bourbon Street. The property offers more than 10,660 square feet of customizable function space located in one central area of the hotel's first floor. Hyatt French Quarter can accommodate meetings and/or events from 3 to 300 people with our 10 meeting rooms. The hotel is located at 800 Iberville Street, New Orleans, LA 70112, and is within walking distance of the Audubon Aquarium, Bourbon Street, Jackson Square, Royal Street shopping, French Market, Streetcars and the New Orleans Superdome. www.frenchquarter.hyatt.com
About Carey -Watermark Investors
Carey Watermark Investors Incorporated is a publicly registered non-traded real estate investment trust (REIT) that was formed to make investments primarily in the lodging and lodging-related sectors. Affiliates of W. P. Carey & Co. LLC (NYSE: WPC) and Watermark Capital Partners, LLC advise the REIT and manage its overall portfolio. www.careywatermark.com
About HRI Properties and HRI Lodging
Founded in 1982 and based in New Orleans, Louisiana, HRI Properties (HRI) is a full-service real estate development company and a national leader in the adaptive reuse of historic structures. The company is dedicated to the pursuit of rebuilding neighborhoods and recreating entire communities, and continues its mission by developing technically innovative and aesthetically pleasing landmarks in cities throughout the country and keeps a keen focus on its core values. HRI has earned numerous awards for its restoration projects and community service, including the National Preservation Honor Award, conferred by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Most recently, HRI received the Sold on St. Louis Award for its development initiatives in St. Louis. HRI Lodging, Inc. (HRIL) is a division of HRI. The management team at HRIL has had direct oversight of all types of lodging facilities including large convention center and urban hotels, independent boutique properties, 5-diamond resorts, extended-stay properties and select service facilities. For more information on HRI Properties, please visit, www.hriproperties.com.
About Blau + Associates
Blau + Associates is a strategic restaurant planning and development company specializing in creative, innovative and sound business advice leading to the development of exceptional food and beverage concepts. Since 2003, the firm has been managing all stages of an enterprise's development process from start to finish. www.elizabethblau.com
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