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Iconic Texas Hotel Reopens with a Wild Flourish — Adult Pajama Party, Mad Men Fun, a Llama and Live Music Await

This Reborn $255 Million Jewel Knows First Impressions Count

BY // 02.27.18
photography Courtesy of The Statler

For Dallas locals, the most exciting part of The Statler Hotel’s $255 million revival is the addition of several new bars and restaurants to the downtown scene. So far, we’ve gotten a peek at the speakeasy, Bourbon & Banter; the diner, Overeasy; the pool bar, Waterproof; and the camping-themed restaurant and gaming lounge, Scout.

The final venue, a highly-anticipated Pan Asian restaurant dubbed Fine China, has not yet set an opening date. But, now that four of the hotel’s new venues have made their debut, The Statler is throwing a week-long grand opening celebration.

The party continues all week through Friday. The storied hotel, which once hosted superstars like Frank Sinatra and Tina Turner, will pay homage to its past as a mid-century icon of downtown. You can expect lots of retro details, and, most importantly, the return of The Statler’s most famous guest: Llinda Llee Llama. That’s right, there will be a llama roaming the lobby every night this week and you can take selfies with it if you want.

The celebration started last night with DJ Steffi Burns spinning tunes in the hotel’s public spaces from 7 to 10 pm.

On Tuesday, the party picks up speed with The Rat Pack live from The Statler. Throw it back to the hotel’s heyday in your best ‘60s garb and enjoy the live orchestra, retro showgirls and performers. From 7 to 10 pm Feb. 27.

On Wednesday, Llinda Llee gets a much-deserved moment in the spotlight at the Llamas & Pajamas Party from 7 to 10 pm. Get cozy in your favorite loungewear for this one-of-a-kind PJ party, complete with a pillow fighting ring and champagne. International chanteuse Morganne Picard will provide a dreamy soundtrack for the evening.

Thursday will be a slightly dressier affair. You’ll need another dashing ‘60s ensemble for A Mad Men Experience featuring singer Ricki Derek. The hotel will channel mid-century New York City while Derek serenades guests with the best of Frank Sinatra, also from 7 to 10 pm. Martinis will be served from a martini luge – not sure if that counts as shaken or stirred.

On Friday, the celebratory week will wrap up with an exciting finale event from 7 pm to 2 am. Each of the bars and restaurants will be offering live music and entertainment, and the public areas will host performers, including a laser light show.

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