Premier Catering unveils $1 million renovationWritten by Sarah Ottney | Managing Editor | firstname.lastname@example.org
After two months of construction and more than $1 million in renovations, The Premier debuted its brand-new look this month.
The event and catering facility at 4480 Heatherdowns Blvd., across from the Stranahan Theater, was completely overhauled inside and out, said owner Joe Skaff.
Construction started in June and the first event in the new facility was held Aug. 3.
“If you saw the building from the outside or inside before June 1, you would not know it was the same building,” Skaff said. “We’re really proud of this. There’s nothing like it in town.”
Nancy Beckman, Skaff’s business partner, agreed. “There’s not one thing in the building that’s the same,” Beckman said. “There’s no comparison.”
One bride-to-be was so impressed, she burst into tears of joy upon seeing it, Skaff said.
“She had booked her event knowing we were doing this, so she was a little nervous, a little apprehensive,” Skaff said. “It’s a big deal, your wedding day. But she actually started crying, she was so thrilled we came through for her.”
“She was so excited,” Beckman added. “It was way beyond her wildest dreams.”
The revamped lobby entrance features hanging chandeliers, a light blue marble focal wall, round cushioned seats and massive floral arrangements at each end.
The venue is comprised of three event spaces — The Regency Room, The Chateau and The Board Room — and was designed for versatility, Skaff said. It can be kept as three separate spaces, divided in half or opened to form one large space with seating for up to 800 people.
“We’re not limited to just large groups,” Skaff said. “The rooms can be broken up into any size.”
The Board Room’s solid wood ceiling, furniture groupings, fireplace and bar with stools make it the perfect space for a board meeting — hence the name — but is also suitable for a dinner, bridal shower or a cocktails and hors d’oeuvre area during a wedding reception, Skaff said.
The facility features state-of-the-art audio visual equipment, including more than 70 speakers, four screens that drop electronically from the ceiling, wireless mics and Wi-Fi.
The all-inclusive venue offers two wedding packages, which include hall rental, buffet or sit-down food, bar, waitstaff, linen and security. Couples can customize their own package, Skaff said.
“All you have to do is show up and have fun,” he said. “I do believe this is the best venue in Northwest Ohio to have an event. There are other nice places, but if I was doing an event, I would have it here because it’s just beautiful. There are a ton of halls out there and we have other halls we cater out of, but they aren’t up to par with this. No way.”
For more information, visit the website premiercateringtoledo.com.