Fine Dining Returns to Marion County’s Historic Elgin Hotel
Marion, Kan., July 9, 2019 – The Historic Elgin Hotel in Marion, Kan., announced today that it plans to open a fine dining establishment before the end of 2019. The announcement comes less than three years after owners Jeremy and Tammy Ensey purchased and further renovated the three-story 133-year-old landmark.
“Our region has a great need for a fine dining establishment where both hotel guests and community members can enjoy an upscale meal and a drink from the bar,” says owner Tammy Ensey. “While we didn’t originally envision ourselves in the restaurant business when we purchased the hotel, having a restaurant and lounge nearby is absolutely pertinent to being a destination business. We can’t expect guests to drive an hour or more to get here and then send them on another 25 minute drive for an upscale dinner.”
This restaurant will not be the first of its kind in the historic hotel. At its opening in 1886, the hotel began with a fine dining establishment in the south portion of the first floor. Historic menus show that oysters, prime rib, and boiled tongue were served in past days. “We understand that many upscale events happened here at the Elgin, including a Governor’s ball,” states Ensey, “and the restaurant surely catered these events.”
The dining tradition continued at the Elgin Hotel up until the late 1960s when the hotel was closed to the public. “Many of the folks that live in Marion tell stories of dining at the Elgin,” says Andy Hansen, Project & Facility Manager for the hotel. “For many of those still living in our community, it was once a tradition to come to the Elgin for Sunday lunch.”
Construction began last month on the 1,200 square foot space located in the northwest portion of the first floor. The general contractor is Rock Construction out of Wichita. The restaurant is expected to feature a full bar, a private dining room, and a covered patio, seating up to 65 people inside and another 16 outside. While neither a restaurant name has been chosen nor a menu revealed, Hansen reports that the restaurant will likely be open Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings and for brunch on Saturdays and Sundays. The menu will not be established until an Executive Chef and General Manager is hired.
In addition to the restaurant, the hotel features a 1,200-square-foot Victorian ballroom, a conference room, library, and game lounge where guests can host weddings, meetings and celebrations. The hotel also boasts 5 living rooms, the original verandah, a fitness center, game lounge, outdoor courtyard, and 12 unique suites featuring modern amenities such as ensuite bathrooms, docking stations, streaming TVs, and Jacuzzi tubs.
The Enseys, who purchased the Elgin in 2016 and marked it as the “finest fully-renovated 19th-century historic boutique hotel in Kansas, have grown the business over the past 3 years. Ensey reports that last year the hotel saw over 3,100 overnight guests, plus hundreds of others for events and tours. The Elgin continues to make its mark in the Flint Hills of Kansas and this restaurant will be one more reason for guests to frequent the historic landmark.