Did you recognize the great jazz artist on the opening video? None other than my friend, the great Ralph Sharon!
What a night! perfect summer weather, people dressed to the nines, and the reopening of the glorious, opulent Hotel Lafayette! What a winderful feeling to see the lobby and the entire firat floor full of people, all in awe of this restored American Beauty. As I stood in the lobby, I wondered when the last time this glorious place was filled with so many admirers.
The food was great, from Mike A, Sweet & Savory, Butterwoods, Marquis de Lafayette and the Pan American Grill.There’s plenty of places for a drink, and Woyshners Flower Market is a destination not to miss.
I overheard many conversations regaling how beautiful every space is, how cool the old tap room , now the Pan American Grill is, and what a great addition to downtown.
Everyone was thrilled to be there and marveled at this new must see destination. Here’s a sneak preview , but tomorrow, go take a trip to the Lafayette and experience this wonderful place in person.
I have been hearing from a few people wanting to know what is inside the Lafayette. Well here’s a quick summary:
A boutique hotel
Woyshners Flower Market
Marquis de Lafayette- famous folks from Aqua in theCrystal Room and Grand Ballroom
Pan Am Grill & Brewery- Pearl Street folks with new brews and two banquet rooms on the second floor
Mike A- Mike Andrzejewski of Sea Bar fames new place
Butterwoods- Yes a full bakery and new restaurant named Sweet & Savory
Great places to eat, cool things to brighten your day, and the most remarkable restoration to date!
Tomorrow night the Hotel Lafayette officially opens with an invitation only, black tie event. A year from when the restoration started, this landmark will then be open so everyone can see the beauty. I’ll be there in my black dress and my camera in a black tie.
What a night at the Lafayette! Characters from Millard Fillmore to Mary Talbert moved around the hotel to the delight of over 400 Historical Society supporters. The grand Ballroom was deliciously elegant, and this classic building saved from the wrecking ball, took its place once again as a jewel of Downtown. Here are a few images that capture the celebration and elegance of the evening.