Tonight the final touches are being put on the beautiful remodel and renovation that has been going on most of this year at The Venetian on Main Street in downtown Hillsboro. The former theater and eatery was purchased by entrepreneur John Lee who also owns and operates NW Events and Environments. Since his purchase in the 300 plus seat theater was renovated into an event space, the lobby and ticket booth redone, the upstairs space converted into what should be an upscale relaxed bar, and the restaurant space has been separated from the main lobby and given a facelift. From the sneak peek the Herald staff has had, and it has been limited, customers will be wowed. There is a lot of exposed brick showing which has been unveiled from the theater’s proud days in the late 1800s. That is complemented by natural wood used in various ways. Lighting and other interesting touches and the new exterior look have piqued the interest of many an onlooker.
“We start our take-out service tomorrow and are excited to get going,” said Lee who has been hands-on with his energetic team almost non-stop since closing on the property in the early Spring.
So folks this is it. On 11/24/2020 take time for lunch, a mid-day meal, or dinner and support The Venetian as they launch in the most difficult and improbably of times. Look at the menu which features entrees, tapas, soups and salads, and sides. Prices are in line with many local eateries and the selection is extensive.
When asked what we should try first the confident owner was quick to answer, “I just had the Cubano sandwich and it was amazing…so delicious”.
Well John we plan to take you up on that and we think many other Hillsboro foodies will join us. Orders for take-out start about 10:30 to 10:45 at the companies website and pick up will be through the new lobby which features a beautiful red chair and decorations. The classic Venetian sign was saved and will be lit up every night while two-holiday trees adorn the balcony overhead.
The Hillsboro Herald welcomes The Venetian back to downtown Hillsboro. This may be just the thing the city needs to get us into the holiday spirit.