The Regency Room at Hotel Roanoke and Conference Center is getting a major face-lift for its 75th birthday.
The hotel’s main dining room will be closed from Jan. 2 through mid-February of next year while it gets new drapery, upholstery and carpeting, as well as a new wall that will divide the space into two rooms, according to hotel general manager Gary Walton.
The wall will be made of opaque French doors that can be left open for busy times in the dining room, such as Sunday brunches or holiday dinners. But they can also be closed to create a private space for special events such as corporate gatherings or rehearsal dinners. Walton said the private dining space will accommodate about 75 people.
The Virginia Room, a smaller private dining room located in the rear of the restaurant, will remain in place. Walton described the new color palette for the space as “blues and golds,” which will be a change from the bright red and gold carpeting and drapes. He said the Regency Room has not had any updates for about 5 years.
Another big part of the project will involve building awnings over patios outside both the Regency Room and the Pine Room Pub. These patios will be available for outdoor seating when weather permits, and there will even be heaters and fans to extend the season, Walton said.
With the unveiling of the new Regency Room, the hotel also plans to introduce a new menu that stays true to old favorites such as peanut soup and spoon bread but also introduces diners to some new selections, said hotel spokesman Michael Quonce.
While the Regency Room is under renovation, diners will still be accommodated in the Shenandoah Ballroom and in the Pine Room Pub.