So, you've noticed that we're still in the midst of our exciting renovation project. You might wonder: Why go to so much trouble and expense to renovate the building when we could have just relocated to a new site? Truthfully, we love downtown Mount Vernon and the long history of our location. Yes, choosing to upgrade the historical building rather than take the cheaper route was the right decision. We are proud of our deep roots here, and the historic character of The Alcove Restaurant simply can't be transplanted.
Coming Soon: The New Old
Although we're replacing almost everything, we've been careful to retain the old Victorian charm that always captivated our clientele. With a more open floor plan, you'll enjoy the spacious atmosphere while appreciating the same elegant, turn-of-the-century ambiance. Make your reservations for our Grand Opening and see for yourself the amazing results brought to you by our professional designer Fritz Harding.
Fritz won the contract to re-design The Alcove based on his proven passion for historical preservation and interior design. Needless to say, Fritz Harding's work pens another transitional interval in the historical legend of The Alcove. We asked him a few questions for this article, and here's what he had to say.
Where are you from and what is your connection to Mount Vernon?
I’m a life-long Ohioan — originally from Hamilton I have lived in Columbus for 20 years. My wife, Karina, graduated from Kenyon, and we return often as a family. Mount Vernon has always been our favorite stop along the route.
What are your hopes for the project or any thoughts about the "future" Alcove (community impact, etc.)?
I’d call it a success if the transformed Alcove builds on the strong sense of place it’s always had. These improvements should write a new chapter in the volume that began in 1911, one of special occasions, new family memories and even discoveries by out-of-towners.
Do you have any memories of the Alcove?
My experience is recent, but I’ll always remember from the beginning of the project while I was climbing around, pre-occupied with the space, its measurements and historic features, how the staff was so hospitable, treating me as a guest with a coke or a hot daily special!
Expect the Same Great Dining Experience
As Fritz discovered, our reputation for hospitality didn't close for renovations. Along with our signature Prime Rib, you'll enjoy our superb menu offerings and full-service bar once again. Plus, you'll have expanded opportunities for hosting your special events! With the rooms remodeled to better serve your occasion, you can host banquets, rehearsal parties, graduation parties, receptions, club events, socials and student game nights, to name a few. As always, you won't pay a room rental when you hire us to cater your event.
And don't forget to reserve your tickets for the 2017 dinner theater season!
Speaking of Catering ...
Our re-design optimally positions us to continue catering your off-premise events, too. You won't find a better catering service in Central Ohio. Our large banquet menu and customizable pick-up/delivery/full-service options are perfect for your gatherings whatever your location.
Our renovation was as carefully planned as our menu. Preserving the history while shaking out the dust is the end goal, and we believe in the success of this major project. We also think you'll agree when you find the new space as warm and inviting as before, but with a fresh, rejuvenated feel that promises to feed and entertain Mount Vernon and our traveling guests for at least another century.
Stay tuned for more updates on the renovation!