The new downtown Marriott Autograph hotel, The Watermark, is now expected to open in early October, while Magpie Café is about two weeks out from opening its downtown location in the Commerce Building.
Jay Haratsis, regional general manager for Wampold Hospitality Collection, discussed the slightly postponed hotel opening at this morning’s Downtown Development District meeting.
“Part of it is because of the storm that occurred,” Haratsis said in an interview after the meeting. “Some contractors had to go home to take care of their families and houses. We didn’t have enough manpower.”
The hotel’s opening will now be within the first two weeks of October. It includes a deli, to be called Milford’s on Third, and an upscale restaurant, The Gregory, both of which will open with the hotel. The Watermark, developed by Mike Wampold, is at 150 Third St. in the old Louisiana National Bank building.
Magpie Café co-owner James Jacobs said the espresso bar and café is two weeks away from opening in the downtown Commerce Building, 333 Laurel St. This will be the second location for Magpie Café, with the original café located at 3205 Perkins Road. The downtown location is an expanded version of the original and can seat 100 people.