In a move that returns entrepreneur Robert Thompson to his southern roots, the food and beverage veteran’s newly established New Orleans hospitality firm Angevin & Co. has completed the purchase of the historic boutique hotel, the Frenchmen Hotel. The Frenchmen is the first investment of many planned for Thompson and his team as the Mississippi native joins the New Orleans hospitality industry.
The Frenchmen was constructed on the legendary Frenchmen Street in 1860, and the historic integrity of the building will be preserved while undergoing a top-to-bottom renovation that reimagines the property. Thompson and the Angevin & Co. team will:
- Make colorful updates to all 27 rooms with vintage rugs, inviting color schemes, and a nod to 1860s French art and Montmartre spirit.
- Revitalize the two bar spaces, leaning into Thompson’s knowledge of F&B service to curate a menu and environment that complement Frenchmen Street institutions while providing a modestly elevated craft beverage experience.
- Refresh the pool and outdoor spaces with whimsical greenery in the courtyards as well as fresh colors in a midcentury aesthetic throughout the patio area.
The renovation approach will be holistic, leveraging Thompson’s restaurant expertise alongside his life-long passion for the history of design to establish a connection between the hotel and the guest experience at its two bars.
Photo: Courtesy of the Frenchmen Hotel