Rahimi, who has 25 years of restaurant experience under his belt, has spent the past five months injecting his energy and creativity into reinventing Humphrey’s. But rather than upgrade the menu, he’s focused his attention to detail on the outdated banquet room.
What used to be merely a private room with large dining tables has been transformed into a classy oasis ideal for any social event, from a company party to a wedding reception.
“The restaurant has such a lovely interior, so I want the banquet hall to reflect the overall elegance of the place,” Rahimi said. “I redecorated the entire hall, and I had new carpeting installed. I also redid the lighting and had a stage put in, so that it’s more fit for wedding receptions.”
The wall behind the stage is draped with white veils and strings of tiny white lights that sparkle like stars, instantly creating a romantic tranquility. Two plush chairs adorn the stage so that a bride and groom can relax as king and queen for the day while they watch their guests enjoy the party. Rahimi also set up a special table next to the stage that’s perfect for presenting a wedding cake. In the other corner, there is space for a small band or a deejay to set up and serenade visitors. At the back of the banquet room is a buffet station ready to display meals from four predetermined banquet menus, and there’s plenty of room for guests to get up and mingle if they’re too shy to take a spin on the new dance floor.
Rahimi said it was important for him to create a place where people would want to go to create lasting memories, so he hopes that although tight economic times are discouraging people from throwing lavish parties and celebrations, the community will keep in mind that when it’s time to get the party going once again, there’s a gorgeous meeting place fit for intimate celebrations close to home.
“Times are hard for so many people these days,” Rahimi said. “I had a client who came in and gave me a deposit and then called a few days later, saying he lost his job and would have to cancel. It’s happening more and more these days, but I want people to know that we’re here so when things do turn around, they have a place to go.”
Rahimi said clients interested in booking the banquet hall should call at least a week in advance, but the sooner you can make a reservation the better. Despite the rough tides of the economy, Rahimi said he already has events booked for next year, so he remains optimistic.
For those who aren’t planning parties and just want to enjoy a nice meal, Humphrey’s still offers some of the best seafood on the Delta. The shrimp and scallops scampi, sautéed in white wine, garlic and lemon butter sauce, remains a top seller along with the fresh grilled salmon and Boston clam chowder. Other popular main courses include the broiled New York steak and the chicken marsala.
Humphrey’s on the Delta is located at 1 Marina Plaza in Antioch For more information and hours of operation, call 925-778-5800.