MM&E was pleased to be part of the October 24, 2016, grand opening celebration and ribbon cutting for the Delta Queen Port of Call Restaurant in Kimmswick, Mo.
Housed in the historic Old House building dating to 1770, the fine dining restaurant will be open Tuesday through Sunday and feature a variety of house-made specialties and desserts. The structure also houses the headquarters of the Delta Queen Steamboat Co.
A number of local dignitaries attended the grand opening, including Kimmswick Mayor Phil Stang, Jefferson County Executive Ken Waller and area legislators. “You can’t do a project like this without participation from state leaders,” Waller notes. “A county government of our size needs to partner with the state and Port Authority for economic development of this kind. The Port of Call is a first step toward getting the Delta Queen Steamboat here.”
The historic 1920s Delta Queen is being renovated to be ready for passenger service once again. “It’s an honor to be involved with this project,” says Leah Ann Ingram, chief operating officer for the company. “It’s been a lot of work restoring the Delta Queen and this structure to fit with their great history, but the whole community has been supportive of our efforts. We’re keeping history alive while we’re waiting for the riverboat to be finished.” U.S. Senators Roy Blunt and Claire McCaskill also have gotten behind legislation to reinstate an exemption that would allow the boat to ply the Mississippi again, with Kimmswick as its home base.
For more information about the restaurant, dial (636) 223-7071 or search “Delta Queen Port of Call” on Facebook.