Classic American restaurant with a unique historic atmosphere.
In 1862 William Leighty changed the name to the Leighty House and named the room to the right of the main entrance The Leighty Ballroom. The Florentine has hosted many famous Americans including Henry Clay, former Secretary of State to John Quincy Adams, and Clement Vallandingham, a notorious Southern sympathizer. Both addressed enthusiastic crowds from the ornate iron balcony. John Finley, who bought the hotel in 1911, was known as the "souvenir" owner who restored the name to The Florentine Hotel.
By 1940 the hotel was primarily a local bar with a few live-in tenants. The Florentine Hotel closed its doors in 1974 and stayed closed until 1976 when it was purchased by two local couples who restored the interior and exterior prior to re-opening as a full service restaurant in August 1979.
The building has had many custodians, but none can truly claim ownership as most residents have their own unique connection. The current Florentine Family hopes you feel at home and have a wonderful stay with us whether you’re passing through or a beloved regular.