Watermark hotel downtown now slated for October opening; second Magpie Café location set to open in about two weeks

"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)

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 Buildin…

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