SOUTH SALEM, N.Y. — A South Salem landmark near the Ridgefield border that operated as a popular French restaurant and event venue for decades will be reopening later this year under its new owner Elegant Banquets LLC of Brookfield, Conn.
The company is currently renovating and expanding the property, with the reopening set for the fall.
Le Chateau has a rich history in the area. It was originally commissioned by J.P. Morgan in 1907 as a gift for his pastor and friend, the Rev. William S. Rainsford. Originally called Savin Rock, the country retreat was designed by Atterbury & Atterbury, prominent architects back then.
Le Chateau's building is a grand estate structure located on a hill off Route 35. The property commands a scenic view of the surrounding area.
Elegant Banquets is investing more than $10 million in a comprehensive facility update and expansion "befitting the property’s grand legacy," said Sarah Schiller, sales director.
She told Daily Voice the lobby and cocktail spaces will retain the mansion's historical character. Wood and other antique details and surfaces will be refurbished, she said.
In addition, the property will be modernized. Elegant Banquets hired KG+D Architects as designer. When finished, the venue will marry the "romance of the past" with the new designs, Schiller said. These include an 8,000-square-foot addition with a 5,375-square-foot ballroom to make it possible for over 250 people to dance on the expanded floor.
The restaurant, run by the Lozach family from 1973 until it closed in 2015, as reported in Daily Voice, will not reopen. Rather, the new Le Chateau will be used strictly for events.
"The result will be a mindfully designed venue, where guests can experience the romance of the past in authentic spaces, without compromise," Schiller said.
The week following Christmas when couples often get engaged has been a busy one. "I have an appointment with a bride after this," she said.
“There is no other property in this area where you can experience the beauty and history of an estate like Le Chateau, which has the modern updates of a brand new facility, all in a completely private setting. It is truly a one-of-a-kind destination for weddings and other special events,” she said.
The company’s four Connecticut properties include The Riverview in Simsbury, The Waterview in Monroe and The Candlewood Inn and The Fox Hill Inn, both in Brookfield.