Thursday, January 21, 2010


This weekend we're in for a treat! We have Dennis Thatcher performing on Sunday, January 24th, in the Rathskeller Pub Lounge, from 3 p.m. - 6 p.m. Den plays classic cover rock, including James Taylor, Lifehouse, Poco, Crosby/Stills/Nash, Dave Mason, Elton John, America, Bob Seger, Bread, Stone Temple Pilots...the list goes on...Neil Young, Gordon Lightfoot, Bob Dylan, Simon/Garfunkel, Emerson/Lake/Palmer, and many, many more!!!

Do come out on Sunday and join us to enjoy Den Thatcher's music. It'll be a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon....and you can even get drinks from the Rat and sit in the lounge to enjoy the music. Can't wait for Sunday!

And this follows another great weekend...we had Sandy Zio in the Rathskeller Pub Lounge, and just down the hall, we had sports enthusiasts enjoying the football season in the Rat. Sandy started the afternoon with some beautiful melodies, some of her own compositions, and some from a list of composers she loves. When the room started to fill up, Sandy connected with those in the room immediately! She joked with them, she took requests, she had conversations...a lot of fun to watch!
It was wonderful to see the sports enthusiasts tearing themselves away from the Rat throughout the afternoon, intrigued by Sandy's beautiful voice and talented piano skills. They would run from the Rat to the lounge and back, and each time they sat for a bit to listen to Sandy, the comments were unanimous: "What a talented musician." "What a joy to have music at The National Hotel again." "What a great space you've created in the lounge for musicians."

Well, after all the accolades, all Pete and I could say, truly from the heart, was "Thank you." We truly wanted to create a space that would make anyone walking into our establishment feel welcome, feel comfortable, and feel like they want to come back again and again. It's such a feeling of accomplishment to know that we have gained the trust and loyalty of so many of our Frenchtown neighbors, and now expanding our reach to other areas of Hunterdon County and Bucks County.

Pete and I feel blessed to have been given the opportunity to join the Frenchtown community and share our passion in this industry to bring alive the history and rich background of The National Hotel. We hope you will join us this Sunday, and on many other occasions to help us continue to grow our community of friends. See you soon!

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