With the opening of several new bars and restaurants, the Statler Hotel in downtown Dallas is hoping to be dining and drinking destination locals as well as visitors. That's why it's rolling out the welcome mat for a week-long grand opening bash Feb. 26 through March 2 featuring live music, themed events and novel entertainment such as a pillow fight ring.
The hotel wants to show off its new venues Bourbon and Banter (a speakeasy), Overeasy (a diner), Waterproof (a rooftop pool bar), and Scout (a sports bar/restaurant). Oh, and did I mention a llama will be there?
Originally opened in 1957, the Statler is steeped in history. One of its most famous guests was an animal actress by the name of Llinda Llee Llama, who stayed in one of the rooms while in town for an event at Neiman Marcus in 1959. Yes, really.
Entry to the Statler's week's worth of opening events is free, as are selfies with the llama, which will be moseying about the hotel from 5 to 10 p.m. each day. Food and drinks are available for purchase.
Here's the rundown for the Statler Hotel's opening celebrations:
Monday, Feb. 26: Guests are invited to bounce around the hotel bars and restaurants to the sound of live DJ Steffi Burns. 7-10 p.m. More deets.
Tuesday, Feb. 27: Grab your 1960s garb and join the Rat Pack Live band for live music and performances by retro showgirls and LED wand spinners. 7-10 p.m. More deets.
Wednesday, Feb. 28: It's a pajama party! Wear your flannel and enjoy tunes from singer Morganne. The hotel also promises a pillow fight ring and plenty of Champagne. 7-10 p.m. More deets.
Thursday, March 1: Channel your inner Don Draper or Peggy Olson for this 1960s, New York-inspired affair, featuring a martini luge and a band covering Frank Sinatra. 7-10 p.m. More deets.
Friday, March 2: Take a self-guided tour of the hotel's new bars and restaurants, each of which is expected to offer entertainment and live music. 7 p.m. to 2 a.m.