Archive for Thursday, December 22, 2011

25 years ago: Renovated Eldridge to be open by New Year’s Eve

December 22, 2011


From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Dec. 22, 1986:

Local developer Rob Phillips had a New Year's resolution to open the Eldridge House hotel on Dec. 31. "These projects can drag on forever if you don't set some deadline," he said. Plans for the Eldridge included 48 suites, a 200-seat banquet hall, an 89-seat restaurant, a 90-seat private club, conference rooms, and exercise facilities. Hotel manager Nancy Longhurst said that 12 suites on the fifth floor, the lobby, the restaurants, and possibly 12 more suites on the fourth floor would be open on New Year's Eve. To meet this end, an average of 65 workers were to be working seven days a week, nearly 24 hours a day, over the next two weeks, with some working on Christmas Day.


Ron Holzwarth 6 years, 5 months ago

Oh, the memories!

I don't remember how long the Eldridge had been open when I asked a friend of mine out for dinner, and I thought that the Eldridge was the place to go.

We were dressed in very nice clothing when we arrived, and the hostess quickly escorted us to a dining booth. A few moments later, we were asked which of two entrees we would like. That seemed a bit odd to me, and so I said we would have to think about it.

The waitress left, and my friend and I looked at each other. Neither one of us had ever been to a restaurant without menus. That seemed very strange to both of us.

I looked around, and she looked around also. It seemed that quite a lot of people were standing around talking to each other, and many of them obviously knew each other. I felt out of place, and I think she did too.

After only a minute or two, she said to me: "This is a wedding reception! Let's get out of here!"

So we left.

And, in the many years since, we've often laughed about that event and asked each other this:

Why in the world didn't we stick around for the free food?

Sarah St. John 6 years, 5 months ago

Hahahahahaha! Oh Ron, that is a great story! I wonder if any of the guests were wondering who you were.... friends of the bride? Friends of the groom?

Ron Holzwarth 6 years, 5 months ago

We left before anyone noticed us! But, since everyone would have thought we were with the other group, we could have easily crashed. The way they had us seated was in a rather private booth for dining. We could have easily eaten and left!

I've been told that in some places, many types of gatherings are very often crashed, such as the infamous White House crashers Tareq and Michaele Salahi!

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