COLUMBUS GROVE — A new banquet rental facility called Witteborg’s Heritage Hall has opened, offering a place to celebrate special occasions in an upscale setting in Columbus Grove.
The business at 108 S. High St. is owned by Columbus Grove residents Jon Witteborg and his wife, Tina Witteborg. It is located across the street from Carl’s Hardware in downtown Columbus Grove in the former Witt-Gor building.
The Witteborg’s daughter’s and nephew’s graduation parties were held Friday at the venue, and it also was open for the community to enjoy refreshments during Alumni Weekend on Saturday.
Jon’s grandfather, William, operated a manufacturing company in the building back in the 1960s that made carpet display racks. Jon’s dad, William II, owned the business until he died in November 2016, and then Jon purchased the building.
“When I grew up, I was hammering nails on the floor here with my dad and grandpa, and my grandma worked in the office for 40 years. This is like my second home where I grew up,” Jon said.
He wanted to keep the family’s legacy alive and locate a business in the building that can be rented any day or time.
“We want people to have a relaxing time. A lot of people’s families are growing, and a lot of times they can’t accommodate a larger family at their homes anymore. We want people to feel like they are at home,” Tina Witteborg said.
Jon spent the last year making renovations to the building, including painting the ceilings, keeping the original ceiling tiles, installing new lighting, installing six chandeliers and painting the building’s walls black and white. The building’s original hardwood floors were sanded, and a bar area was installed. There is a separate granite counter top area with white storage cabinets that came from Jon’s dad’s home.
The bar area is highlighted with original bricks, and Jon will use some of his grandfather’s lumber to construct the bar top. Although the business does not have a liquor license, renters are allowed to bring their own alcohol, and there are two coolers to store the beverages. A stove and microwave will eventually be installed, and there is a already a sink.
A buffet area is provided where tables can be lined up to serve food, and two cupcake stands are available to display cupcakes. The facility also is equipped to have bands or DJs perform.
An indoor fireplace is available, and there will be a seating area around it. Men’s and women’s restrooms are available as well as a photo area that has a wooden bench with distressed doors in the background that were purchased at an auction.
The business seats 120 people and can be rented out to celebrate anniversaries, family reunions, baby and bridal showers, graduations and small weddings. White table linens are provided, and those who rent are invited to bring in their own table decorations.
The facility will be decorated for each season. For instance, there will be Christmas trees around the fireplace in December.
For more information or to rent the facility, call Tina Witteborg at 567-204-3585.
Reach Jennifer Peryam at 567-242-0362.