When the nonprofit Riverview Gardens took over the former Riverview Country Club at 1101 S. Oneida St. in Appleton, the elegant clubhouse still booked events.
But brides and planners soon discovered it was a tough location because food and drinks had to be catered in.
That changes today as Stone Cellar Brewpub takes over the building, opens a new full-service banquet hall with an on-site kitchen, hires a staff and begins to bring the surrounding grounds back to their manicured splendor.
Stone Cellar’s father and son partners, Tom and Steve Lonsway, signed a five-year lease to run the new “Stone Cellar at Riverview Gardens.” They liked the idea of having the larger turnkey space across the street from their brewpub.
“This is an expansion for us into the events arena,” said Steve Lonsway.
“We’re giving some thought to opening to the public one night a week,” said Tom Lonsway.
With the partnership, Riverview Gardens gains a steady source of income from rent and 10 percent of food sales. It helps achieve the original financial goal, said executive director Cindy Sahotsky, of “having all of our functions self-sustaining by the end of of 2015.”
The new partnership will be celebrated with an Octoberfest German buffet and beer tasting on Sept. 25. The event is $15 per person.
To make reservations or book the venue for an event: 920-997-3332. Its website is under development.
— Maureen Wallenfang: 920-993-1000, ext. 287, or firstname.lastname@example.org; on Twitter @wallenfang