The Kimpton Hotel Fontenot is expanding next door with new rooms and a restaurant

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The Kimpton Hotel Fontenot has put more rooms, meeting and events space and a new restaurant on the property next door.

The San Francisco-based brand opened in 2021 in the former Staybridge suites at the corner of Poydras and Tchoupitoulas streets in the central business district. Originally offering 202 rooms, the hotel now has 33 new rooms and suites in the nearby historic building at 521 Tchoupitoulas St. It also includes more than 12,000 square feet of meeting and event space and a three-course French brasserie with outdoor terrace.

The upscale and casual restaurant, named King, is on the ground floor of the building, with an entrance on Tchoupitoulas and serves breakfast/brunch, lunch, and dinner. Designed by MARKZEFF, who worked on the existing hotel, King will be led by Samuel Peery, its new executive chef.

King joins the hotel’s two other restaurant/bar concepts: Peacock Room and Gospel Coffee & Boozy Treats.

The hotel expansion is expected to open in January, according to a press release. It is housed in a structure built in 1844 by prominent architect James Gallier, known for Gallier Hall and the Pontalba buildings on Jackson Square in the French Quarter. It was built as a warehouse but has since undergone multiple renovations. The hotel’s design team incorporated elements such as the building’s original brick walls and ceiling timber crews into its updated design, according to the release.

Wide-planked white oak wood and reclaimed wood planks from the original building were used along the walls and in the meeting room table of the hotel’s new meeting and events space, located On the second floor. It includes a patio and a 5,500-square-foot ballroom named after Canray Fontenot, the musician whose name is included in the hotel’s name.