Danville Convention Center is open for business

December 12, 2003|LIZ MAPLES

It may still look like the old Lowe's building on the outside, but inside the Danville Convention Center is nearly ready for business.

Don Vizi, president of the center, said the first large event will be next Saturday, a banquet for 300 people. In the meantime he is opening the center up to the public 8:30 a.m. -4 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday.

"We want to get the word out that we're here and we're open," Vizi said.

A 4,200-square-foot spa will open next, in early February. Vizi hopes to have an eight or 10 screen movie theater sign a lease by next week. After the theater signs, he believes that a 168-seat restaurant would soon follow suit.

The convention center has a catering kitchen. Vizi is still working on a liquor license. The city denied his application, saying that it didn't believe it could legally grant a convention center a license. A hearing will be held Jan. 8 in Frankfort with the Kentucky Alcohol Beverage Control Board.


In the meantime caterers from Lexington can serve alcohol.

There are 35 events booked for the center, up until Jan. 2005. There are weddings, meetings and even a prom.

Vizi is working with a boat show, and hopes to get other similar shows, such as RV, coin or gun-and-knife shows. The main 4,599 square-foot room has ramps and a roll up door, so that large vehicles could be driven into the area.

That room can seat 300 people. There are four other smaller areas that can be set up for meals or meetings.

Vizi also envisioned that there would one day be a convention center club, like the country club. Members could come eat dinner twice a week, watch ball games on the big screen, and rent the facility at a discount.

The facility is owned by Drs. Madar Bux, Anjum Bux, Arthur Rivard and Thomas Serey. They have spent $2.6 million, buying the building and renovating it. Vizi said that the investors hope to break even in five years.

The rooms rent from $150 -$1,500 to rent the entire facility all day.

For more information, call (859) 936-0020.

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