Case Study

Poydras Properties, LLC

Dave & Buster’s

Dave & Buster’s restaurant and gaming center was the result of an inspired idea. The company’s namesakes were proprietors of popular adjacent establishments in Dallas, Texas, but when they noticed people frequently rotating between the restaurant and entertainment center, they decided to combine forces. With this plan in mind, they bought out a 40,000-square-foot warehouse and opened the first Dave & Buster’s in December 1982. Since then, the company has become a nationally recognized brand and expanded to include over 90 locations across the United States.

When Dave & Buster’s partnered with Poydras Properties, LLC, to open a new location in downtown New Orleans, they needed a firm to provide mechanical, electrical, and plumbing engineering design services. Salas O’Brien’s local New Orleans office as well as its strong presence and reputation throughout the southeast made the choice an easy one.

Centrally located just blocks away from the Mercedez-Benz Superdome, the Central Business District, and the French Quarter, the new six-story structure totals just under 260,000 square feet including ground floor retail space, four stories of naturally ventilated parking deck, and the restaurant gaming center on the top story.

Salas O’Brien’s design included a cold dark shell customized to the specifications of Dave & Buster’s and the retail space; an emergency generator to support the life safety systems, elevators, and fire pump; and a utility transformer vault. The finished spaces are now open for business and running smoothly thanks to Salas O’Brien’s efficient and effective design work.    


New Orleans, Louisiana

Project Size:
259,175 Square Feet

Mechanical, Electrical, and Plumbing Design Engineering Services

Construction Cost:
$24 Million