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.
RVA Beer Dinner
TJ’s Restaurant at The Jefferson Hotel
Thursday, August 29th at 7pm
August is Virginia craft beer month and Richmond has seen more than a few new breweries open their doors over the past few years. At TJ’s we are bringing together two local breweries, one old and one new, for a very special beer dinner on August 29th. Legend has been brewing in Richmond since 1994 and has a vast selection for beer lovers to enjoy. Center of the Universe or COTU has been brewing beer in Ashland for less than a year. Both of these breweries have a common link to Mike Killelea, once at Legend and now the brewer at COTU, so it seems natural to bring these two breweries together for a special night at TJ’s during VA craft beer month.
We will be featuring some great local ingredients to go along with these great local brews, plus we will have a course where each brewery gets to pick the beer to pair with the food. If you have ever been to a beer dinner at TJ’s then you know we do them right; if you haven’t been to one then this is the one to try! So come raise a glass to VA brewing and enjoy some great food in a historic atmosphere.
Price is $50 per person, plus tax and tip give us a call at TJ’s to reserve your spot today 804-649-4609.
Legend & Center of the Universe
RVA Beer Dinner Menu
Executive Chef Patrick Ehemann
Pastry Chef Sara Ayyash
Welcome Beer & Bites
Brussel Chips and Brie Croquettes, Village Garden Tomato Crab Poppers
Southern Style Unagi
COTU Ray Ray’s Pale Ale
Virginia Peanut Pad Thai
Sambal Shrimp Udon Noodles, Thai Basil Broth
COTU Monkey’s Uncle, Triple Brewed with Local Lemongrass
TJ’s BBQ’d Yardbird
Tower of Confit Chicken, Smoked Chicken Cracklin’s
Grilled Baby Cob Corn, Tomato Onion Salad
Legend Locomotive 231, Steam Beer *2
Low Country Boil
Sausage Craft Pork Belly Sausage, Marble Potatoes, Carolina Shrimp,
Blue Crab, Cherry Stone Clams
Brewer’s Pick, One Beer from each Brewery
Chocolate Truffle Cake
Honey Brie Ice Cream, Port Soaked Black Mission Figs
Legend 2011 Quadruple Ale
Price per Person $50 + tax and gratuity
For Reservations or More Information
Please call 804-649-4609 or email