The $1 billion new Louis Armstrong International Airport (MSY) terminal had only been open for six months when the COVID-19 pandemic hit, a crushing blow to the celebrated lineup of locally-owned restaurants and bars making up its concessions. As the gateway to one of the world’s biggest tourist destinations, it’s likely few businesses have felt as dramatic an impact from the pandemic as the New Orleans airport.
For those who must travel by plane, the 35-gate terminal’s restaurant row — made up of a mix of revamped MSY classics, globally-recognized chef names, and fresh outposts of longtime neighborhood destinations — will look a bit different. About half of the restaurants remain closed for the time being, with the airport saying that open concessions have made updates “to better protect passengers and employees,” like installing plexiglass barriers and implementing social distancing.
If traveling during the pandemic is unavoidable, here’s what’s open in MSY right now — restaurants, bars, and markets — according to the airport. Check MSY’s list of open concessions for updates, and remember to wear a mask.
NOTE: On Thursday, November 19, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended that people should not travel during the pandemic. Those who have been around victims of COVID-19 or have been sick should stay home.
Bar Sazerac — 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Concourse B/Gate B4
Cafe du Monde — 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Entrance to Concourse B
Cure — 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Concourse C/Gate C6
Dook’s Burgers — 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Concourse B
Emeril’s Table — 6 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Concourse B/Gate B10
Heritage School of Music Stage — 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and Sunday; Concourse B/Gate B2
Lucky Dogs — 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Outside Concourse B
Midway Pizza —10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Outside Concourse C
Moisant Market — 6 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday through Friday and Sunday; Entrance to Concourse B
Mondo — Noon to 5 p.m. Thursday, Friday, Sunday, and Monday; Outside Concourse B.
MoPho — 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Concourse B/Gate B6.
Shake Shack — 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Outside Concourse B
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