Chophouse Reserve plans to open in October as an event center adjacent to its sister restaurant, Chophouse Downtown, in the Hach building in Cedar Rapids. (Elijah Decious/The Gazette)
The interior or Chophouse Reserve, a new event center in Cedar Rapids that will open in October, features high-end furnishings and divided areas for different purposes. (Chophouse downtown)
CEDAR RAPIDS — About a year after opening the Chophouse Downtown in a short time, owners Ryan and Joe Avila-Burillo are expanding with a new event center.
Chophouse Reserve, opening in ground floor space adjacent to Chophouse Downtown, plans to open by the end of October in the corner of the Hach Building in the 400 block of First Street SE.
The new space, approximately 6,000 square feet, will include an upscale zone with a chef’s table and partitioned areas for more intimate meetings. With the connected Chophouse Downtown, up to 15,000 square feet are available to rent for private parties. The Chophouse Reserve space alone can accommodate 237 guests.
Ryan Avila-Burillo said the new opening, available only to rent for private, ticketed events, was prompted by the lack of large rental spaces downtown.
“We have built our brand around the downtown business sector. We have such large businesses downtown…and there really aren’t many private dining options that can accommodate the capacity of what they bring.
The new space can accommodate everything from small birthday parties and cocktail parties to large corporate meetings.
With exposed brickwork similar to Chophouse Downtown, the space built in 1899 will bring modernized luxury accommodations. With an on-site kitchen — relatively rare with local event centers — parties can take advantage of dining opportunities with Chef Joe Avila-Burillo.
The building’s unique features and history will also be leveraged. Eventually, the vault will be transformed into a wine cellar from which planners can manually select wine.
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