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.
Blue Mountain Beer Dinner
Join us on Friday, April 26th at 7:00pm as we welcome Taylor and Mandi Smack from Blue Mountain Brewery to TJ's Restaurant for an evening of fine food and drink! This is a don't miss opportunity since they rarely hold beer dinners away from their brewery in Afton, VA. We will be featuring some of their seasonal brews, plus some brewery favorites. Chef Ehemann has paired delicious seasonal cuisine to with the featured beers from Blue Mountain. This is a great opportunity to meet the folks behind one of our favorite VA breweries!
Cost of the dinner is $50 per person, plus tax and gratuity.
Call us at 804-649-4672 or email at [email protected] for reservations.
Welcome Beer & Bites
Berkshire Lomo wrapped Compressed Apples
Mini Bhan Mi Dog Bites
Sweet Potato Agnolotti
Wilted Baby Bok Choy, Caramelized Cipollini Butter
"Chicken and Waffles"
Double Cooked Chicken Thighs, Potato Waffles, Whipped Lardo
Honey Gel and Encapsulated Hot Sauce
Full Nelson, Virginia Pale Ale
Dueling Day Boat Scallops
Hazelnut Butter Crusted Scallop, Roasted Endive Tarts
Butter Poached Scallop, Cauliflower Mousse, Fines Herbs
Local Species, Bourbon Barrel Aged Belgian Pale with American Hops
UberPils, Imperial PIlsner
Bailey's Chocolate Terrine
Mint Chip Ice Cream, Smoked Caramel, Raspberry Marmalade
Chocolate Coffee Dark Hollow, Imperial Stout
$50.00 Per Person, Plus Tax and Gratuity
Email [email protected] or call 804-649-4672 for reservations