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.
Whole Hog and Cask Beer Dinner
Richmond's first-ever Cask Beer dinner will be hosted in TJ's Friday, November 9th at 7:00pm.
Cask ale is an unfiltered, unpasteurized beer conditioned and served within a cask with no additional pressure. TJ's is excited to be working with five Virginia breweries for this event: Hardywood Park, Legend, Devils Backbone, O'Connor and Mad Fox.
The dinner will also feature Autumn Olive Farms Berkshire Pork. Located in Waynesboro, VA, Autumn Olive is committed to raising healthy, happy pigs and goats. To highlight each section of the pig, we first created the menu then sent it off to the breweries for the creation of the ideally paired ales.
The dinner is $50 per person plus tax and gratuity. Call us at 804-649-4672 for reservations or email at [email protected].
TJ's at The Jefferson Hotel
Friday, November 9th at 7:00pm
Executive Chef Patrick Ehemann
Family Style Appetizers
Poached Oysters & Lardo on Braised Collard Greens
BBQ'd Scrapple & Apples
Buffalo Spiced Pork Rinds
Mad Fox Mason's Mild
Crispy Pigs Feet Confit
Shredded Root Slaw, Horseradish Pommery Vinaigrette
O'Connor Black Saison Dry Hopped with Amarillo Hops
Pastrami Style Pork Belly
Caraway Potato Puree, Brussels, Pulled Pork Hash
Dry Hopped Pig Tea
Molasses Glazed Pork Flank Steak
Braised Pork Shank Hominy, Fried Collard Greens
Devils Backbone Smokehouse Porter
Bacon Coconut Snowballs
Hardywood Park Milk Stout with Cocoa Nibs, Vanilla Beans and Coconut