St. Florian Event Center now up and running

OPEN FOR BUSINESS — A ribbon-cutting to officially welcome Undo’s as the new caterer at St. Florian Event Center was held before the Feb. 6 Investor-to-Investor Trade Fair presented by the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce. -- Amy Neeley

WINTERSVILLE — St. Florian Event Center has gone through some major changes since the beginning of the year, but the hall is open and ready for business.

The special events venue, located at 286 Luray Drive, closed after the first of the year while it went through some major renovations. The hall is owned by Wintersville Fire and Rescue, and according to Chief Robert Herrington, the building has seen some big improvements.

He said they changed the color scheme in the building, enlarged the stage and the bar areas, upgraded the sound system, updated the lobby area and renovated all of the restrooms.

“It was basically a complete remodel,” he said.

Upgrades also have been made to the kitchen, just in time to welcome the new caterer, Undo’s. Undo’s replaced Todd Piergallini, who stepped away after serving as the hall’s caterer for 20 years

Herrington said Undo’s catered its first large event in mid-February.

“We have had a couple of large events,” he said. “Indian Creek held a banquet with more than 800 people, and we had a few with around 600. Everyone has been very happy with the food and the service.”

Other events have included the Investor-to-Investor Trade Fair presented by the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce and the Tri-State Home and Garden Show.

Herrington said the smaller hall in the building has been remodeled and a bridal room has been added.

He said currently the hall is working to create a video wall behind the stage.

“It will basically take up the whole wall,” Herrington said. “It is called ‘edge blended’ video. It is a new technology that will allow us to show backgrounds for events and presentations. It’s pretty nice.”

Herrington said the hall has other additions planned.

“We are going to add an outdoor, garden area,” he said. “It will be a really nice feature. It will go along the outside wall. People like to go outside and get some fresh air or to smoke.”

Herrington said the garden is still in the planning stages, but they hope to have something ready by the middle of May.

Herrington said he is glad the hall is back open and they can dispel any rumors that Ohio Valley residents might have heard.

“People were concerned if we were staying open,” he said. “There was a rumor we had sold the building.”

For information about booking the hall, call (740) 264-9750.

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