Wampold bringing traditional Jewish deli, upscale restaurant to Watermark on Third Street

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    "You need to make sure you come to the market suited up to play. Because it's going to be competitive, and you better have the equipment to compete." —Developer Mike Wampold on Baton Rouge's hotel boom. He acquired the historic LNB Building at 150 N. Third St. and began negotiations with Marriott. Windsor Aughtry of South Carolina instead got the franchise and plans to build a new Courtyard Marriott one block from Wampold's building. (File photo)

    Mike Wampold plans to open a traditional Jewish deli on the ground floor of his new Marriott Autograph Hotel, The Watermark, on which construction will begin next month.

    Milford’s on Third, as the deli will be called, will be named for the developer’s late grandfather, who was a Jewish grocer in Alexandria, and will feature dishes made from his traditional recipes. The deli will front Third Street, adjacent to the hotel’s main entrance at 150 N. Third St.

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