The Imperial Restaurant, located at 26 East Chestnut Street in Lancaster, is a part of the Hotel Lancaster and is the first visible and significant change in the full renovation and conversion of the hotel to the Holiday Inn Lancaster. Upon completion of renovations, the new Holiday Inn will include 216 rooms, 19,000 square feet of ballrooms and meeting space, an indoor pool, fitness and restaurant. The entire project is owned by a partnership led by John Meeder and Sam Wilsker, both of Lancaster.
Meeder and Wilsker set out to create a restaurant that would serve both the local community, business people and travelers visiting the hotel. The best way to accomplish that was to locate the restaurant on the prime corner of Queen and Chestnut Streets. At the onset, with the help of Keith Good from CGA Architects, a facility was designed that would connect the restaurant to the hotel lobby, while retaining and capitalizing on the premier frontage. Being developed within the context of a full-service Holiday Inn and needing to satisfy the requirements of Holiday Inn’s parent company IHG, Meeder and Wilsker insisted on retaining a locally branded and inspired look and feel throughout the 6,000 square foot restaurant. With the conceptual and architectural design worked out with CGA, Meeder and Wilsker engaged Noelle Turco of Red House Design Co. to coordinate the theming and design of the restaurant.
Meeder and Wilsker gave free reign to Turco and charged her to create an environment and theme for the restaurant that would distinguish it to be a visually exciting experience for everyone that walks through the doors – both locals and visitors alike. Turco did a deep dive into the history of the building and the block and worked to fuse the past with art in a way that connects the two in a fun way, yet still honoring the legacy and heritage of the neighborhood. The result is an experience in the restaurant where the environment and art guides one on a tour of history while marveling at the creativity and art throughout the space.
As a foundation, we have taken this unique design and have coupled it with friendly, yet professional service and high-quality cuisine.
Welcome to The Imperial. We hope you enjoy your time with us.