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.
Charity Rye Beer Dinner
Friday, May 17th at 7:00pm
TJ's Restaurant is teaming up with Greg Self from Whole Foods for a charity beer dinner on Friday, May 17th at 7:00pm to benefit the Whole Planet Foundation. This dinner will feature 5 different rye beers paired with seasonal cuisine from Chef Patrick Ehemann.
Tickets for the event will be $55 per person, plus tax and gratuity, and will include a charitable donation. Plus a portion of all TJ's proceeds for the evening will go to the Whole Planet Foundation. Our beer dinners are always a good time, so don't miss this opportunity to give back and enjoy an evening of great food and brews at The Jefferson!
Call us at 804-649-4672 or email at [email protected] for reservations
Dirty Martini Salad
Gin Soaked Cucumbers, Macerated Daikon and Carrots, Blue Cheese Crisps Green and Black Olive Vinaigrettes
Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye
Tea Smoked Quail
Eggplant Fonduta, Parsnip Sweet Potato Hay, Molasses Glaze
Bear Republic Hop Rod Rye
Coffee Rubbed Venison Loin
Fried Brussels Sprouts, Savory French Toast
The Bruery Smoking Wood
Pistachio Cherry Kataifi
Salted Apricot Caramel
The Bruery Sour in the Rye