Riding on yesterdays blog post about Cure and the “Gunshop Fizz”, the crew behind this New Orleans bar is planning to open a new concept at The Hotel Modern this fall. Neal Bodenheimer, Kirk Estopinal and Matthew Kohnke, the crew behind this new venture called Bellocq (named after New Orleans photographer E.J. Bellocq, famous for his portraits of Storyville prostitutes) is set to open inside the formely known Hotel Le Cirque, that now after a renovation, the 135-room hotel is now called Hotel Modern.
Going in a different direction from Cure, Bellocq is set be heavily inspired by classic Burlesque, like that of the Moulin Rouge in Paris. The Focus of the cocktail menu will be solely on pre-prohibition cocktails, specifically The Cobbler, which is an old form of mixed drink that dates from at least the 1830s, and made use of two items very new to people of that time – ice, and straws. The original Cobbler is the Sherry Cobbler which, according to David Wondrich in Imbibe!, was one of the most popular libations during the last half of the nineteenth century.