Milford mayor: event center opening on the city’s riverfront will be ‘excellent way to showcase our city’
Jeanne Houck Cincinnati Enquirer
Jul. 28, 2020
Developers and Milford officials have broken ground for an event center on the city’s riverfront that they say will fill a regional need.
The Little Miami Brewing Company Event Center will be operated by brothers-in-law Dan Lynch and Joe Brenner, who own the Little Miami Brewing Company at 208 Mill St. in Milford.
The event center will be built along the Little Miami River on three acres of land just south of the Little Miami Brewing Company, a microbrewery with a taproom and restaurant.
The event center will begin taking reservations in August in anticipation of a June 2021 opening.
“I hear comments often from residents looking for a place for events,” Milford Vice Mayor Lisa Evans said.
“This center will fill that void for all types of events, such as weddings, birthday or retirement parties and chamber of commerce or business award dinners.”
The Little Miami Brewing Company Event Center will have one room with seating for up to 216 people and a second with seating for up to 72 people that can be rented separately or together for a total seating capacity of 288 people.
A need for space to accommodate larger gatherings
Lynch said he and Brenner came up with the idea for an event center after learning from patrons of the Little Miami Brewing Company taproom that there was a need for space to accommodate larger gatherings.
“Over the three years we have been open, multiple gatherings of up to 60 persons were held in the covered patio space of the brewery taproom,” Lynch said.
“We turned down hundreds of requests for gatherings larger than we could accommodate. Hence the idea for building an event center.
“Milford and surrounding areas will benefit by having access to a facility for weddings, corporate meetings, celebrations of life, birthday parties, wedding rehearsal dinners and baby showers,” Lynch said.
“The unique features include the incredible river views from within the center and outside along the large, river’s edge patio.”
Lynch said the event center will serve Little Miami Brewing Company beers along with wine and liquor.
Food will be catered from a list of approved caterers and handled by Camargo Events of Madeira.
The DER Development Co. of Milford will build the event center with help from architects at KBA, Inc., also of Milford.
“I think the event center is great for the city,” Milford Mayor Amy Vilardo said.
“Event centers in Clermont County are few and far between and this is an excellent way to showcase our city and our community.