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.
Devils Backbone Beer Dinner
We're back for 2012 with a very special beer dinner with Devils Backbone on Thursday, February 9th! Devils Backbone is located in Nelson County, VA. This award winning brewery is now available in Richmond and we’re having a beer dinner to celebrate. Come out and enjoy some delicious VA beers paired up with seasonal cuisine at TJ's inside The Jefferson Hotel!
Dinner starts at 7pm and is $50 per person, plus tax and gratuity. Please call 804-649-4672 or email [email protected] for reservations for more information.
Salad of Winter Baby Roots
Composed Greens, Pumper-Nut Soil, Malted Barley Vinaigrette
Hay Smoked Duck Breast
Braised Escarole and Leeks, Duck Confit & Yukon Potato Cake
Schwartz Braised Lamb Osso Bucco
Chestunut Spaetzle, Charred Brussels Sprouts and Pearl Onions Natural Jus and Toasted Cream
Winter Fruit Compote Financier
Brown Butter Ice Cream, Maple Crumble