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Valencia Ballroom to reopen under White Rose team

David Weissman
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  • Valencia Ballroom, unoccupied since July 2015, will reopen under White Rose Bar and Grill team.
  • The Nov. 1 opening aligns with closure of Yorktowne Hotel, planned from Nov. 6 until 2018.
  • The White Rose Bar and Grill also recently opened for breakfast seven days a week.

After sitting vacant for more than a year, the Valencia Ballroom once again will serve as an event venue in downtown York, beginning Nov. 1.

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Kinsley Properties, the owner of the ballroom at 142 N. George St., announced the reopening in coordination with White Rose Bar and Grill, which will manage the venue and cater events.

White Rose co-owner Jeremiah Anderson said the restaurant has had interest in the ballroom for many years, but the timing was never perfect, until now.

The timing is related to the recent announcement that the Yorktowne Hotel will close Nov. 6 until 2018, Anderson said, because downtown needs a large event space to fill that void.

"We put this together very quickly," Anderson said, adding he didn't expect significant changes to the building. "It's important for other businesses in downtown York."

Anderson said the arrangement could turn into a long-term plan, but for right now, the main goal was just to get the ballroom open and available for events.

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Events will be catered by current employees, with the potential to add some additional part-time employees, he said.

The management is currently taking reservations for the historic venue, which dates back to the 1900s and previously hosted Frank Sinatra and Glenn Miller. Anderson said they already have some events scheduled there.

The site has been unoccupied since July 2015.

The venue can host anywhere from 20 to 400 people, according to a news release from Kinsley, and the catering menu will include fare found at White Rose and Rockfish Public House, which is also owned by Anderson and his business partner, Tom Sibol.

Sibol and Anderson opened Rockfish at 110 N. George St. in August.

White Rose general manager Jeremiah Anderson and longtime owner Tom Sibol, right, stand in front of the former Maewyn's Irish Pub, which the duo purchased. They recently named the future York City seafood restaurant Rockfish Public House. (Photo by David Weissman)

The duo also recently opened White Rose  for breakfast seven days a week, 7 to 11 a.m.

Anderson said community members told him there was a need for somewhere downtown to hold breakfast meetings, and the restaurant has slowly seen more customers in the early hours since making the change Oct. 3.

— Reach David Weissman at dweissman@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @DispatchDavid.