Big Freedia Set To Make History As One Of New Orleans’ First Black Hotel Owners
Big Freedia is tapping into her southern hospitality roots!
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The New Orleans superstar has announced that plans are officially underway for Hotel Freedia, a new entertainment venue coming to the city’s Decatur and Frenchmen streets.
The new venture will include a restaurant, music club, pool, as well as a micro boutique hotel.
“This dream of mine has been in the works for a long time, I’ll be one of the first Black hotel owners in New Orleans,” wrote Big Freedia via Twitter. “Will keep y’all posted on the official opening date, can’t wait to see y’all at Hotel Freedia.”
This dream of mine has been in the works for a long time, I’ll be one of the first black hotel owners in New Orleans 💪🏾💪🏾💪🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾 will keep y’all posted on the official opening date, can’t wait to see y’all at Hotel Freedia ❤️❤️❤️❤️ pic.twitter.com/TofAi0rXHT
— Big Freedia 💋 (@bigfreedia) February 1, 2023
Per reports from Nola.com, the vision for the venue came to Freedia during the pandemic.
“Not being able to go out and work during the pandemic, cooking brought so much light and creativity it just really got me interested in doing a restaurant,” Freedia told the outlet. “And I always had a dream of opening a hotel, so it just kind of came together that way.”
According to Freedia’s business partner Reid Martin, although the establishment will officially be a hotel, the main focus will be centered around entertainment.
“The hotel is not the economic driver of it,” said Martin. “It’s primarily a music venue and a pool party spot. Think of a country club with a music venue.”
Not only will the venue feature local talent, but the plan is to also to expand beyond that.
“Obviously, Frenchmen Street is all about local music so we want to have a lot of local music going on, but we’re also interested in having some national music coming in,” said Martin.
While there isn’t an official launch date for Big Freedia, construction is set to begin this spring with the goal of opening its door by Mardi Gras 2024.