Did You Know?
The Jefferson Hotel was supposed to open on November 1, 1895, but at the last minute it was realized that November 1 was a Friday, and it was considered bad luck to start anything on a Friday. So the hotel was opened on Halloween instead.
From the time the hotel opened until 1937, rooms were just $1.50 per night. A room with a private bath was $1 more per night.
The Thanksgiving Day Dinner at the hotel in 1949 cost $2.50.
When Elvis stayed at the hotel in 1956, he brought his own television and the hotel manager was shocked that Elvis ate his bacon with his fingers.
In the mid 1950s, the hotel had a pink limousine to drive guests throughout the city.
The Jefferson has been in several movies including My Dinner with Andre (1981), First Kid (1996), HBO's Ironed Jawed Angels (2004), The American President (1995) and the recently discovered Rock and Roll Hotel (early 1980's).
Alligators once resided in marble pools in the Palm Court Lobby. Richmonders would vacation in Florida and bring the baby alligators home as pets. As they outgrew sinks and bathtubs, residents would bring them to live at The Jefferson. Tour the hotel’s public area and see how many alligators you can find today!
Thirteen US Presidents, including Harrison, McKinley, Wilson, Coolidge, Taft, both Roosevelts (Theodore and Franklin Delano), Truman and Reagan, both Bushes (George H. W. and George W.), Clinton and Obama have been guests at The Jefferson Hotel.
Legend says that Bill "Bojangles" Robinson was discovered by his life-long agent while dancing across the dining room at The Jefferson Hotel.
Frank Sinatra once entertained guests in Lemaire at The Jefferson Hotel with an impromptu performance after enjoying his dinner.
Artifacts from over a century of the hotel’s history are housed in a museum at the bottom of The Grand Staircase, including a photo of Elvis at the hotel's old lunch counter.
The priceless statue of Thomas Jefferson that stands watch over the Palm Court lobby has only left his post on one occasion. In the 1902 hotel fire, he was rescued from the building only to have his head bumped on the cobblestones. He took a brief vacation to Edward Valentine’s art studio where his head was reattached.
The Grand Staircase at The Jefferson Hotel has long been rumored to be the staircase featured in the iconic film, Gone with the Wind.
The Jefferson Hotel is often cited as one of the finest examples of Beaux Arts architecture still in existence today.
Belgo American Beer Dinner
Join us at 7:00pm on Friday, October 12th at TJ's Restaurant as we raise money for the MS Society Central Virginia Chapter and the Virginia Association of Free Clinics with Screens 'n' Suds. The Belgo America Beer Dinner will feature two brews per course, one Belgian and one American of the same style, paired with sumptuous fall cuisine. The price for the dinner is $50 per person. Call us at 804-649-4672 or email at [email protected] for more information and reservations.
Belgo - America Beer Dinner with Screens 'n' Suds
TJ's at The Jefferson Hotel
Friday, October 12th at 7:00pm
Roasted Fall Apple
Rabbit Mousse, Walnut Pangani Crisp
Leffe Blond, Hardywood Singel
Pork Cheeks, Parsnip Mousse, Maredsous Roasted Root Vegetables, Pork Rind Coco
Maredsous Brune, Flying Dog Disobedience Dubbel
Fennel Roasted Branzino
Coriander Spaetzle, Tomato Vermouth Nage
Bosteels Tripel Karmeleit, The Bruery Tradewinds Tripel
Homemade Fig Newton
Blue Cheese Ice Cream, Salted Caramel
De Dochter van de Korenaar Embrasse, Ommegang Three Philosophers
$50.00 Per Person
Plus Tax and Gratuity
Contact TJ's Restaurant at 804-649-4672 for reservations or by email at [email protected]
Portion of the Proceeds to Benefit Richmond MS MS Society Central Virginia Chapter and Virginia Association of Free Clinics