Jefferson Hall opens doors for last time at Newport on the Levee location

A longtime entertainment venue at Newport on the Levee is opening its doors for the last time.

Jefferson Hall, which originally opened in Over-the-Rhine in 1995 before moving to Newport in 2006, is closing its doors for good Sunday, April 28.

A regularly scheduled musical performance is planned for Saturday evening. A "Drink everything that is left" event that will include a grill out on the restaurant's patio and live music is scheduled for Sunday, according to the official Jefferson Hall Facebook page.

The co-owner of the Northern Kentucky staple, Tony Cafeo, told the Business Courier in mid-April that "It's time for Jefferson Hall to stop."

The following message was posted on the Jefferson Hall Facebook page on April 18, the same day Cafeo made his statement to the Business Courier.

"Jefferson Hall opened in 1995, after many years of great bands, great customers and friends, Jefferson Hall will be taking a break. Sunday, April 28 will be the last day for Jefferson Hall."

The owners of the music venue and restaurant Jefferson Hall have decided to relocate the business across the river to The Banks and into a new 4,040-square-foot home on the corner of Freedom Way and Walnut Street.

The new bar, which will operate under the name Jefferson Social, will serve Mexican street food and various bourbons and craft beer selections.

All of the 30 employees at the Newport location have reportedly been offered jobs at Jefferson Social.

Additional information on the business venture will be released in the next 30 days, according to management.

There are currently no announced plans for the nearly 7,700-square-foot space at the Levee.

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