Escape room? Dinner? Why not enjoy both at same time?

What’s the fate of ‘Yes-Or-No Morgan?’ Find out at the Goodwin Hotel’s “escape room meets dinner theater” immersive pop-up experience this month. 

Welcome back to Random Raven, the column that aspires for nothing more than to be your monthly, entertainment itinerary each installment.

Of course, courtesy of COVID-19, 2020 literally offered more virtual experiences than real-life happenings.

Like most, the Raven is hoping for a shot at normalcy in 2021 with the new vaccines available. And based on what he has unearthed for January, it seems like we are off to a promising start.

Spawned from a partnership between Hartford’s Goodwin Hotel and neighboring Theaterworks troupe, a new, immersive pop-up dinner experience was released upon the masses on Jan. 8.

Dubbed “Yes-Or-No Morgan” and described by its creators as “escape room meets dinner theater,” guests will partake in a three-course dinner with wine or cocktails throughout the hotel as they learn the fate of famed financier J.P. Morgan

“Your evening at The Goodwin will transport you back to the 1800s as we tell the story of J.P. Morgan’s life — a man so bold that he was known by his peers as ‘Yes-or-No Morgan,’” the event website promises. “A prominent figure in American history, but also someone with deep ties to Hartford and the Goodwin Hotel. Take a journey with us as we celebrate the mystery and extravagance of J.P. Morgan through atmosphere, food, and drink.”

Sample menus reveal Shortrib Wellington, Crab Crusted Filet of Sole, Galantine of Chicken and Roast Tranche of Heirloom Squash. 

Organizers are also quick to note that the experience will be as safe as it is a complete sensory experience. 

“(It’s) almost completely contactless,” they note. “There will be two deliveries to your dining room where items will appear on carts outside your door. There will only be one seating in each dining room per night and all rooms — and props — are thoroughly cleand and sanitized each day.”

At present, the series is scheduled to run until at least month’s end but will be extended if demand merits. 

Tickets are $124.42 per person (which includes tax and service charge) and can be purchased at

Guests wishing to stay overnight at the hotel will receive a special $120 room rate.

GOOD FOR WHAT ‘ALES’ YOU: Rock and (a dinner…) Roll? That’s the gist of the Student Prince’s special five-course food and dinner pairing Jan. 20.

Where else can you wash down a ‘Fleetwood Mac and Cheese’ with an  Nirvana IPA or a Red Hot Chili Risotto with a Jaggery Juice Brown Ale?

For complete menu or to secure your seat, kindly point your browser to 

Tickets are $65 and include tax and gratuity. 

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