Make way for a new riverboat: the Louis Armstrong.
A recently closed Evansville casino riverboat left its longtime Ohio River dock this week and will be making its way to New Orleans.
The new owners of the former Tropicana Evansville boat are Warren Reuther, president and CEO of Hospitality Enterprises New Orleans, and his partners, confirmed Betsie Gambel, a spokesperson for the local tourism company, which also owns the Creole Queen riverboat.
After undergoing renovations in Morgan City, the riverboat will be moored where the Creole Queen is currently situated — between the Algiers ferry landing and the Riverwalk mall.
Plans call for the Creole Queen to relocate slightly downriver from the dock.
The riverboat is expected to begin operations in mid-2018 as a floating jazz club and restaurant.
The Evansville Courier & Press reports the riverboat was moved Monday to a nearby marine services dock so its smoke stakes could be removed for the journey south. It opened in 1995 and closed a couple weeks ago as Tropicana opened a new $50 million on-shore casino.
Dozens of people gathered to watch the boat leave the dock. Former riverboat captain John Vize says he's glad it will be getting a new use.