A parking lot near the Mercedes-Benz Superdome is poised to be transformed into a six-story mixed-use development anchored by a 40,000-square-foot Dave & Buster’s restaurant after approval from a city panel on Tuesday.
The City Council will have the final say.
The project came before the City Planning Commission with a request for a conditional-use permit to operate an “amusement place” and parking garage.
Without much debate, the commission accepted its staff’s recommendation for approval along with 19 provisos, three of which the property’s owner and the restaurant wanted dropped.
They failed to convince the commission to allow an additional curb cut on Poydras Street; to eliminate a requirement for a security guard during business hours; and to allow the restaurant to hang its blue and gold sign outside the Central Business District building.
Robert Mouton, an attorney for Dave & Buster’s, told the commission that the restaurant’s “round medallion sign is critical for their branding.” The color and shape are significant for people to recognize the building, he said.
But the commission staff said the sign would be out of character with other signage in the CBD.
Mouton also said the requirement that a security guard be on duty whenever the restaurant is open was unnecessary because the establishment would not open onto the street. He proposed that Dave & Buster’s submit a security plan at a later date.
Mouton’s proposed change did not make the cut.
Under the proposal approved by the commission, the restaurant will sit atop about 18,000 square feet of retail space on the ground level and four levels of parking.
Dave & Buster’s operates more than 70 locations in at least 30 states and Canada.