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After months of renovations and updates, the Haywood House Restaurant and Cocktail Bar has opened its doors to the public just in time for its second annual Yuletide Christmas Dinner.

JEFFERSON — After months of renovations and updates, the Haywood House Restaurant and Cocktail Bar has opened its doors to the public just in time for its second annual Yuletide Christmas Dinner.

General Manager Colt Johnson said the newly opened restaurant and cocktail bar, which offers something for everyone, is now taking reservations for its Yuletide Dinner and Christmas Show set for Dec. 21 and 22, but seats are filling up quickly.

The Haywood House Restaurant and Cocktail Bar is located at 202 S. Market St. in downtown Jefferson and offers lunch, dinner and brunch on the weekends.

The Haywood House, owned by Teresa and Alan Ponder of Marshall, originally opened as an event center and venue but after undergoing updates and renovations throughout this year, the restaurant and cocktail bar were born.

“We closed one chapter of the Haywood House and have opened another,” Johnson said.

The new restaurant features a large banquet hall for large gatherings and also has a private mezzanine above the balcony area. The renovations also included converting the house’s old cistern into a dining table with visitors still able to look down into the old well below.

“We also have a large main dining hall and an extensive bar area,” Johnson said. “The well room, which contains our cistern is a private seating room which sits six people. We also have the snug room which is another private room which seats four people. We do have a surcharge fee for reserving the Well Room or Snug Room.”

Johnson said the restaurant boasts a unique setting and dining experience.

“None of our tables or furniture is the same,” he said. “It’s all beautiful and very eclectic which makes for a great dining experience.”

The restaurant features something for everyone with a menu that includes fine dining items to traditional favorites to a pub menu.

Johnson said some of the most popular items on the menu include the garlic shrimp and polenta squash bites, the stuffed shroom skillet, the smoked chicken salad, the garlic butter steak bites and the chicken roulade.

“We have something for everyone,” Johnson said.

The restaurant will also feature a Christmas Eve brunch from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Dec. 24. Brunch is served from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

The Yuletide Christmas Dinner and Show is based on a Christmas party the family attended one year at the Broadmoor in Colorado Springs.

“It was this great Christmas-themed show that we enjoyed very much and we just wanted to bring something like that to Jefferson,” Johnson said.

Guests to the special dinner will reserve seating for the live music provided by Brooklynn Bradley LaFleur and Payton Pierce and they will select their dinner items from the menu.

Reservations for the Christmas dinner and show can be made by calling the restaurant at (903) 601-4070. For more information about the restaurant and cocktail bar, visit the restaurant’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/TheHaywoodHouse

The Haywood House will also host a special New Year’s Eve event and reservations are currently available. The event will include music, specialty drinks and cocktails and a full menu.

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