Riverside Lounge adds new look

The Riverside Lounge at the Hood River Inn recently reopened at a new location west of the main lobby.

The reopening marks the completion of a two-month renovation of the Inn’s lobby and space formerly known as the Riverside Cafe.

The new 1,500 square foot lounge was designed jointly by Tom Stevenson of D.M. Stevenson Ranch, local artist Regina Ciarfella, and Mike Manion of Manion and Associates, renowned for his McCormick and Schmick’s bar designs.

The new Riverside Lounge utilizes a combination of appealing interior elements, including a mahogany bar and entry columns, grand mahogany framed mirrors, bamboo flooring, berber carpet, and soft leather upholstered furnishings. A computerized lighting system has been installed, automatically controlling lighting and ambiance throughout the day.

Mural abstract paintings by Ciarfella hang high overhead, while ceramic wall sculptures by Underwood artist Will Richards adorn the walls. Additionally, a 50-foot plasma television screen has been installed near the bar.

“We undertook this project to enhance the entrance of the Riverside Grill, and to develop something that would appeal to our loyal local patrons,” said Hood River Inn General Manager Chuck Hinman. “Additionally, we wanted to make the lobby more inviting for our hotel and convention guests.”

Other lounge changes include a new bar menu with such selections as fish tacos, sashimi, grilled Korean shortribs, oysters on the half shell, steamer clams, burgers, and sandwiches.

Local musician Geno Michaels will continue to play soft jazz piano on weekend evenings and often will be accompanied by some of the Northwest’s finest jazz and blues players.

The Riverside Lounge opens daily at noon. For more information, call 541-386-2200.

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