New “Streetcar Bar” Christened at New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center

A new attraction of the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, the Streetcar Bar was officially christened Wednesday evening during a preview party for NOLA Christmas Fest, which runs December 20 through 31 at the Convention Center.

The Streetcar Bar is a three-quarter sized replica of the internationally recognized streetcars of New Orleans. This new installation is 33 feet long and functions as a full bar serving patrons from the windows of the Streetcar Bar.

After NOLA ChristmasFest, the Streetcar Bar will find a semi-permanent home in the lobby of Hall G for the enjoyment of guests attending meetings, conventions, and trade shows at the Convention Center. Hall G will be conveniently connected to the new Transportation Center by a covered crosswalk. The Transportation Center is part of a $65 million plan that converts half of Convention Center Boulevard into a lushly landscaped pedestrian park from Poydras to Henderson Streets to be completed in the summer of 2020.

“This new feature visually represents one of the most iconic experiences of New Orleans and will be well-received by our 800,000 plus visitors annually who visit the Convention Center to attend a meeting, convention, trade show or event,” said Michael Sawaya, President of the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. “We have a half a billion dollars’ worth of projects planned over the course of the next five years, much directed at the customer experience,” Sawaya concluded.

The list of Convention Center projects include a complete makeover of its 140 meeting rooms and all restrooms within the next 24 months.  And formal negotiations are underway for a planned 1,200 room hotel attached to the Center that will anchor a 39 acre mixed-use development at the opposite end of the Center from the Hilton Riverside New Orleans.

Pictured, L to R: Steve Trotter, Regional Vice President of Centerplate in New Orleans; Michael Sawaya, President, New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center; Jack Lyon, General Manager, Centerplate.


About the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center

With 1.1 million square feet of prime exhibit space, in an entirely contiguous hall, the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center provides the largest single exhibit space in the country. The New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center features an award winning staff and first class amenities, and is the sixth largest convention center in the nation.  A consistent Top 10 host of the largest conventions and tradeshows in the nation annually, the Convention Center is also one of the city’s “Top Workplaces.” A leading contributor to the city’s robust tourism economy, the Convention Center’s event activity has produced $81.7 billion in economic impact since its 1985 opening, including $5.1 billion in new tax revenue for state and local governments.



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