Centerplate partners with WWII museum

Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- The Freedom Pavilion at the World War II Museum in New Orleans. Show caption
Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- The Freedom Pavilion at the World War II Museum in New Orleans.

A global hospitality company will take over food service at the National WWII Museum in August, replacing chef John Besh’s Restaurant Group.

Museum officials said Thursday that Centerplate will be responsible for food and beverage services at visitor restaurants, public and private events, and the Stage Door Canteen, the museum’s popular entertainment venue.

Besh spokeswoman Emery Whalen said the change will allow Besh’s group to focus on expansion of restaurants they own in the city.

Centerplate President and CEO Des Hague said they’re honored to welcome guests to the museum and contribute to its “momentum and future growth.”

Centerplate serves more than 115 million guests each year in over 300 entertainment, sports and convention venues, including the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center and Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.