Banquet hall fulfills a father's dream Catering couple is renovating mill

November 05, 1992|By Amy L. Miller | Amy L. Miller,Staff Writer

A Grand Affair, a new banquet facility on the second floor of a former mill in Hampstead, will be opened in December by Larry and Cindy Kreseski.

It will be the third leg of a family business that includes a restaurant and catering service.

"We're not as inexpensive as the ladies' auxiliary at the fire hall, but we're not expensive like some of the more well-known, larger facilities," said Ms. Kreseski.

"We're following the same philosophy we have at the restaurant -- a good product for a moderate price," Mr. Kreseski said.

Faced with dozens of calls from prospective catering customers who also needed a place to have their social function, the couple decided to open a hall.

In doing so, they were fulfilling a dream Ms. Kreseski's father, Everett Treadway, always had for his daughter.

As president of an elevator construction union, Mr. Treadway often needed food for parties and encouraged his wife and family to add catering to the family business, the Sunset Restaurant in Hampstead.

Ms. Kreseski, who has been a caterer for five years and worked with the restaurant for 13 1/2 , is now sole owner of the business.

Her father died in December, and her husband of three years resigned from his job as a state elevator inspector to help with the restaurant.

"We always talked about taking this place," said Ms. Kreseski of the site, which was a banquet and dance hall until Aug. 1. "When it became available, we took a look at it. I was real surprised at the size of it."

The 6,000-square-foot hall will include a bride's changing room, sitting areas, buffet room, bar, full-service kitchen and reception area with tables. A hearing on the application for a Class H beer, wine and liquor license is scheduled for 10 a.m. Nov. 10 at the county office building.

"Not every job is going to need liquor, but we'd like to offer it," said Ms. Kreseski, who has a liquor license for the Sunset Restaurant. "You can lose a lot of jobs if you don't have a liquor license. [Not having it] can create problems for some people."

The couple is predicting little, if any, opposition to the license.

"Everyone I've seen has been positive," Mr. Kreseski said.

After months of remodeling, the couple plans to have an open house from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Dec. 6. Yet even without its final polish, the facility is attracting business. Three Christmas parties and at least two wedding receptions have been scheduled.

"I had a woman come in here a few weeks ago when it didn't even look as nice as this," said Ms. Kreseski, pointing to the unfinished ceiling, half-painted walls and chandeliers on the floor. "She booked it right away."

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