by Ian McNulty
The Omni Royal Orleans hotel is promoting a contest to come up with a new name for the bar at its restaurant, the Rib Room.
It's been called the Rib Room Bar since the hotel opened as the Royal Orleans in 1960, but now management wants something with a little more panache.
My first idea was "The Elbow Room." But no, that's taken already. How about "Adam's Rib?" Maybe too biblical for a watering hole, but it would be a fun conversation piece if they ever do a ladies night. Or not.
Maybe you can come up with a better idea. Contestants can submit entries on the Rib Room's Web site until Monday, Aug. 3. A panel will pick ten finalists, and the public can vote online for the best entry from Aug. 6 through Aug. 13. The winner will be announced during a party at the bar on Aug. 14.
Besides bragging rights for naming a French Quarter hotel bar, the winner gets:
One night stay in the Penthouse Suite
Dinner for Two at the Rib Room
Two Hour Poolside Social for 20 friends
A plaque on the bar denoting your permanently reserved seat
If you're looking for a little inspiration to concoct your entry, the bar still known as the Rib Room Bar has a new happy hour promo in effect, weekdays from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., when $9 gets a "flight" of three cocktails from a list of 30 drinks and house wines are $5 a glass.