Tuesday (Jan. 31), Sazerac executives, along Governor John Bel Ewards and local officials, held a ground breaking for the new project.
The Sazerac Co. is one of the largest liquor brand owners and distillers in the United States, and is owned by the Goldring Family of New Orleans.
The new three-story museum will focus on the history of cocktails and will be free to the public. There won’t be a bar, but you will likely be able to purchase packaged liquor and other branded items. The development will also include corporate offices for 60 employees on the upper floors.
Sazerac expects that the 48,000 square foot building at 500 Canal Street will host 100,000 people to visit in its first year.
The two buildings, formerly known as the Katz Buildings, are over 200 years old and sit directly adjacent to the Sheraton Hotel. They have been vacant for more than 30 years, and were co-owned by Starwood and Met Life. Zella May was the listing agent, and the group saw over 20 offers to purchase before settling on Sazerac. Starwood and MetLife were criticized over the years for letting the property sit their vacant.
Ryan Gootee is the general contractor, and Trapolin-Peer are the architects.