Venue Love: The Grand Hotel

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It’s time for another favorite venue!  Located only a block away from our office, the Grand Hotel Ballroom is an elegant space that we absolutely adore.  This ballroom was actually the original Opera House of McKinney from 1885 until 1923, when it was shuttered and closed off until Don Day took over.  They’ve restored it to it’s 19th-century charm, including pressed tin ceilings, crystal chandeliers and an entrance through French doors.  With space for approximately 150 guests (including a dance floor), it’s the perfect space for a charming and intimate ceremony and reception.

Grand Hotel Ceremony, Peyronet Photography

photo by Peyronet Photography

Grand Hotel Ballroom Reception, Purple Up Lighting

The Grand Hotel is part of the same building as Rick’s Chophouse, connected through the fabulous lounge in the back of Rick’s.  This allows you access to Rick’s 110, another fab event space, as well as the semi-private rooms in the restaurant proper, the Library and Wine Room.  Many couples use Rick’s 110 as a cocktail space if they choose to have their ceremony at Rick’s, so the ballroom may be reset while their guests enjoy drinks and hors d’ oeuvres.  Some use Rick’s 110 for their rehearsal dinner, or the smaller rooms, depending on guest count.  If you’ve ever eaten at Rick’s, you know the food is scrumptious, so you will never be disappointed with your menu selections!

Rick's 110, Rick's Chophouse

Rick’s 110, photo by Mary Phillips Photography

Of course, when you talk about the Grand Hotel and Rick’s Chophouse, you also have to talk about Sauce on the Square and Grotto Live as all of these fab venues falls under the Rick Well’s Hospitality umbrella.  Sauce on the Square caters to the family style dinner, with pasta and wood-fired pizzas to die for!  They do not have a separate space here for events, but you can certainly reserve a few tables for any celebration.  Grotto Live shares it’s kitchen with Sauce, but it’s an entirely different vibe.  This rock and roll bar is the perfect place to relax with friends and grab a drink.  Whether in their intimate dining space or the super-cool Mezz level, you’ll love it here.

Grotto Live "Mezz"

Grotto Mezz, photo by Mary Phillips Photography

Grotto Live Dining Area

Grotto Dining, photo by Mary Phillips Photography

So who do you call to find out more details about these unique spaces?  Why, Rick’s Angel’s of course!  Debi Morelli-Matzke and Melanie Kosarek are the two sales managers for all of these spaces, and they can give you all the scoop.  With Melanie’s degree in Hospitality Management, she knows exactly how to make your guests feel special and make sure your event goes off without a hitch.  Debi has been with Rick’s since 2007 and knows all the ins and outs, so she’s got it all completely covered.  Shawna Darden is the Special Events and Catering Manager who will be with you from the moment your guests arrive to the end of the event, making sure you and your guests experience the genuine hospitality of the entire staff.  She’s the firecracker who executes all the plans, down to the last detail!

We love working with Rick’s Angels and hope you’ll give them a call to consider one of their spaces for your wedding plans!