Folsom Hotel shows drastic enhancementsBy: Rachel Zirin, Senior Reporter
703 Sutter Street
Hours: 8 a.m.-2 a.m. daily; Breakfast Bites – 8 a.m.; full menu – 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; weekend brunch – 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Happy Hour: 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday
Taco Tuesday: $2 street tacos
Wine Wednesday: 1/2 off all bottles of wine
Wednesday: 9 p.m. Open Jamming
Thursday: 9:30 p.m. Karaoke
Friday: 9:30 p.m. Live Cover Band
Saturday: 9:30 p.m. Live Cover Band
Sunday: 3 p.m.- 6 p.m. Acoustic Sundaze
Established in 1885, the Folsom Hotel has been a staple in the Folsom community for decades, but recently, Owners Josh and Heidi Margolis have transformed it into a place everyone can enjoy.
The Hotel has been in the Margolis family for 10 years, and only three years ago, Josh and Heidi took it over.
In the past, the Hotel was a short-term hotel with night-to-night stay, but now it is a residence inn for long-term leases. Much has changed in the décor, as well as the atmosphere in recent years, but one thing is still the same – the night life. Every night, there is a different special and band playing on stage.
Josh mentioned they have improved many things about the alcohol service including adding 16 taps, local breweries, as well as craft cocktails with higher quality liquor.
The newest addition to the Hotel has been the launch of Café 703 earlier this year, which offers brunch, lunch, dinner, Temple Coffee and tea.
“One of the biggest changes is we used to focus the business mainly on alcohol service, but now we focus on all of the services; coffee, tea and food, so anyone can come in,” Josh said. “Being parents ourselves to our 3-year-old and 4-year-old, we want to have a business that is something we would be happy to bring our children to and their grandparents to and for us to have some really good family fun and food. That is what is driving us – being able to include everyone.”
Heidi said it has been exciting to see mothers come in pushing strollers and having a coffee date with friends in the middle of the day.
“We’re really trying to provide something for everyone,” she said.
Josh said besides families feeling welcome, they also have been striving to be a place where members of the community think of it as a gathering place for meetings or work outside of the office.
“We offer free, fast WIFI, so people who work remotely or want to get out of the office to work can bring their laptop use the WIFI,” Heidi said. “It’s pretty quiet in here during the day; we have a lot of people come and work here.”
While the Hotel has been updated from the color of the walls to the hardwood flooring, the furniture still sets the mood and takes you back to old times.
“We keep historic consistencies and historic mindedness on the forefront of all decisions we make,” Josh said. “If it has to be something new, it at least has to reflect a period anywhere from the 1800s to the 1920s, when the Hotel was in its heyday and one of its highest points. We want to go back in time to a place that was beautiful, but also offer today’s services at the same time.”
Josh mentioned that another goal of theirs was to be able to attract guests from outside Folsom. One of the ways to draw them in for lunch or dinner was to create an identity for it.
“Anyone who is from Folsom, they understand us and they probably refer to us as the Hotel. For people outside of Folsom, when they look up food offerings in the area and the Folsom Hotel comes up, they think we’re just a hotel,” Josh said, “We created Café 703 as a way to separate the two for those who don’t particularly know us.”
The Hotel offers food from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., and some of the popular items include the prison blues burger, the impossible burger, candy bacon, blackened chicken Caesar salad, French toast, as well as the Breakfast Bites, which include avocado toast, peanut butter banana and honey toast, granola and yogurt and more.
The Hotel also offers private events, office events, and special event reservations.
“For me, my favorite thing is when I am here during the day and someone who hasn’t been here in five years comes in, and they are just shocked,” Heidi said. “Just their reaction is so rewarding, like we did it for a reason and people notice. That kind of stuff makes me feel good.”