Southern Food and Beverage Museum

Woodward served as the developer and design-builder on a new space for the Southern Food and Beverage Museum on Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard. The project involved the renovation of an existing one story building into a new museum space showcasing the food and beverage culture and heritage of the South. Woodward worked closely with the architect and owner to renovate and repair the existing structure, creating an open museum space reminiscent of the building’s historic use. The new space features a full service restaurant, bar, and separate demonstration kitchen for training purposes.

Originally designed to occupy a larger space, the museum and restaurant areas were reconfigured during the pre-construction phase to not only fit within the existing building structure but also the available financing for the project, which included historic tax credits. Modifications were made to the design to allow for future expansion when funds are available.

The new location for SOFAB includes the Museum of the American Cocktail, the Leah Chase Gallery, the Gallery of the States, a demonstration kitchen, museum shop and full service restaurant and bar. The Culinary Innovation Center (CIC), a certified commercial kitchen, is available to lease for culinary entrepreneurs.

Project Information

  • Category
    Special Construction Projects
  • Owner
    Southern Food and Beverage Museum
  • Design
    Office of Jonathon Tate
  • Size
    15,000 Square Feet
  • Budget
  • Location
    New Orleans, LA
  • Completion
    September 2014

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