No longer a snazzy upscale restaurant serving sweetbreads and fine European pastries, the Palace Restaurant and Saloon has been preserved/refurbished(in a historical sense)by owner Christine. Victorian tin ceiling, red flocked wallpaper(not just in the bar anymore). The bar area is just as it had been for decades, at least since the 70's when I went there with my parents for special occasions, and continued to do so until it was sold sometime in the early/mid 2000's. Christine righted some of the aesthetic wrongs done by a short term previous owner. Great job.There is now an area that can be used for a performance area, right in the restaurant; great addition.The space for a small band still exists in the bar, and now there is no wall, just a 1/2wall with nice heavy drapery that can be opened for general admission for shows in the main room. Very clever. We are so happy too that Christine was a able to retrieve the name and logo for the iconic downtown spot. We do miss the red tufted leather booths that were a mainstay of the Palace and sadly, the famous tacky and politically incorrect Indian Princess painting on black velvet in the bar was not able to be procured.
Saw a great Burlesque show the other night after enjoying dinner; we did not even have to leave our table.Christine(owner) actually chose our table for us, and she treated us like royalty.The menu is small but quite diverse. We were impressed by the flexibility shown when special dietary needs were met, and everything was delicious. We had the Caesar Salad, The Palace Green Chile Cheese Smash Burger and Salted Truffle Fries. All was yummy... while this menu is not like the"old" continental menu of bygone years, artfully creative food at a reasonable price fits the space and ambiance. It felt like coming home. Special thanks to Christine for her gracious customer service, and for restoring this iconic space to a thriving place for locals as well as traveler's.
The Palace Restaurant and Saloon lives!