SWA to add New Orleans service; new space opens at D-Day Museum

Southwest Airlines is beefing up New Orleans service on June 10 with new daily roundtrips between the Big Easy and Baltimore/Washington, Chicago (Midway), Fort Lauderdale, Las Vegas and Phoenix. Southwest is also adding a daily roundtrip between New Orleans and Houston (Hobby), a route in which the airline already operates eight daily roundtrips.

"Our customers' demand for travel to and from New Orleans is strong," said Kevin Krone, Southwest Airlines vice president of marketing, sales and distribution. 

Commemorating D-Day

The new E.J. Ourso Discovery Hall opened at the National D-Day Museum in New Orleans late last month. Funded by Ourso, the late Louisiana philanthropist and entrepreneur, the hall is the first space dedicated to educational programming at the museum, designated by Congress as the country's official national World War II museum.

The hall is the first phase of the museum's multiyear expansion plan. The 10,000-square-foot pavilion includes an orientation center and lecture hall, special exhibits gallery, teacher and student resource rooms and meeting rooms. The gallery will host a photography exhibit, "Snapshots of D-Day: Photographs of the Normandy Invasion," June 3 to Oct. 28.

For more, visit www.ddaymuseum.org.

W hotels back in business

W Hotels celebrated the reopening of its two New Orleans properties, the W New Orleans-French Quarter and the W New Orleans, on May 3 with a band concert, a parade and a performance by singer-songwriter Lauryn Hill. Both properties, shuttered after Hurricane Katrina, began receiving guests again in March.

At the event, W Hotels of New Orleans announced it is providing financial support to local musician Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews and his band, Orleans Avenue.

Shreveport area eats

Greater Shreveport gained two restaurants this spring. One-Eyed Jack's Restaurant & Saloon, which claims to be the largest barbecue outlet in the tri-state Arkansas-Louisiana-Texas area, opened at the intersection of I-220 and East Texas Street in Bossier City on Dixie Overland Road. It specializes in pit barbecue and steaks.

A second area location of McAlister's Deli opened April 3 at 2511 Beene Blvd. in Bossier City.

Nonsmoking, alcohol-free McAlister's is known for sweet teas, deli sandwiches, salads, "spuds" and reasonable prices. McAlister's first location opened last year in the University Place Shopping Center in Shreveport.

For more on One-Eyed Jacks, call (318) 549-4990. For McAlister's, go to www.mcalistersdeli.com.

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