The partners who operate Chatham Tap, Ralston’s and the St. Joseph Brewery and Public House have branched out into the events business. They have purchased the historic St. Joseph Hall at 617 E. North St., being operated by a company called North Street Events.
The center can host events for up to 200 people, with seating configured in round tables, auditorium and ballroom formats.
The historic building was built in 1892 as a schoolhouse for the St Joseph Catholic Church located just to the east. After the parish was closed, the building fell into disrepair over the years, although as late as mid-1990s it was used as The Hispanic Center.
In 2012 the building underwent a handsome renovation to be the home of MLJ Adoptions and Jacksons Auction & Real Estate Co. In its new life as an event center, it will continue to be used by Jacksons Auction.
The partners leading the effort include Dave Pentzien and Dan Jones, both Lockerbie Square residents, and Scott Reifenberger, chef at St. Joseph Brewery & Public House. Kaitlin McMasters is the event center’s general manager.
“It is great to open another beautiful and historic space to serve Downtown neighborhoods,” said Pentzien, who has called Lockerbie home for 15 years.
The sale includes the former residential structure to the west of the event center, used by Newfangled Confections, Carrie Abbott’s company known especially for its Frittle candy