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York’s Valencia Ballroom to re-open

Unoccupied for more than a year, the historic venue to open Nov. 1 for events

York's Valencia Ballroom, pictured, is preparing to re-open as a catering and event venue. - (Photo / File)

York’s historic but unoccupied Valencia Ballroom, which once hosted the likes of Glenn Miller and Frank Sinatra, is about to re-open as a catering and event venue.

The North George Street ballroom will reopen Nov. 1, with two well-known York businesses, Kinsley Properties and the White Rose Bar and Grill, combining efforts to re-open the Valencia, officials said Thursday.

The Valencia will resume business under the management of the White Rose.

“We’ve been talking with Kinsley about how we could make the Valencia available again to York’s residents, businesses and community organizations,” Jeremiah Anderson, who co-owns White Rose Bar and Grill with Tim Sibol, said in a news release.

“We’re thrilled to work with Kinsley to bring the facility back for everyone to enjoy.”

The Valencia has been unoccupied since July 2015.

Kinsley, the property owner, is preparing the facility to open in advance of the busy holiday season, its officials said.

The White Rose is taking reservations, and a few events have already been booked, Anderson said.

“It’s been such a prominent part of downtown York for so long – people are excited to return to the Valencia and make new memories here.”

The facility can host groups ranging from 20 to 400 people, with a menu reflective of the White Rose Bar and Grill and its sister establishment, Rockfish Public House, officials said.

David O'Connor
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