As the Delta Queen continues to pursue legislation that would allow the historic steamboat to cruise once more, its owners have started setting down roots. The Delta Queen Steamboat Co. opened a corporate office and a Port of Call restaurant, lounge and gift shop in Kimmswick, Missouri which is expected to be a regular port for the steamboat. The restaurant will serve French-inspired American dishes and the dining rooms will back to the glory days of the Delta Queen.
"Our overall goal is to offer visitors the full Delta Queen experience which will help preserve the history of this national treasure," Delta Queen Steamboat Co. president and CEO Cornel Martin said in the release. "The interior beautifully represents the history and nostalgia of America's last authentic steamboat, showcasing the elegance of her cabins and public spaces."
Louisville Business First reports that between the restaurant and headquarters, the Delta Steamboat Co. "has created about 185 jobs and is expected to have an economic annual impact of more than $4.5 million." The restaurant and its Delta Queen ambiance should do their part to encourage the public to show support for new legislation that would allow the steamboat to cruise once more.