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The Heirloom at NK Hurst, a new event center south of downtown, hosted its first event on September 4th. The venue is located in the former NK Hurst Co. building at 230 W. McCarty St., near Lucas Oil Stadium. The dry bean and soup packing company, founded in 1938, left its Indianapolis excavations in 2019, and moved its operations to Zionsville.

The Heirloom is the new location for Crystal Catering and Events, joining the Indiana Roof Ballroom, The Crane Bay and The Willows. The site has retained some of the building’s best features, including the original floor, brick walls, docks and garage doors, which will be replaced with all-glass garage doors.

IBJ spoke with Amanda Van Der Moere, Managing Director and Sales Director of Crystal Catering, about the new space before their first event.

  • The Heirloom at NK Hurst hosted its first event on September 4th. The venue is located in the former NK Hurst Co. building at 230 W. McCarty St., near Lucas Oil Stadium. This is the new location for Crystal Catering and Events. (IBJ Photo / Eric Appris)

  • The Heirloom at NK Hurst hosted its first event on September 4th. The venue is located in the former NK Hurst Co. building at 230 W. McCarty St., near Lucas Oil Stadium. This is the new location for Crystal Catering and Events. (IBJ Photo / Eric Appris)

  • The Heirloom at NK Hurst hosted its first event on September 4th. The venue is located in the former NK Hurst Co. building at 230 W. McCarty St., near Lucas Oil Stadium. This is the new location for Crystal Catering and Events. (IBJ Photo / Eric Appris)

  • The Heirloom at NK Hurst hosted its first event on September 4th. The venue is located in the former NK Hurst Co. building at 230 W. McCarty St., near Lucas Oil Stadium. This is the new location for Crystal Catering and Events. (IBJ Photo / Eric Appris)

  • The Heirloom at NK Hurst hosted its first event on September 4th. The venue is located in the former NK Hurst Co. building at 230 W. McCarty St., near Lucas Oil Stadium. This is the new location for Crystal Catering and Events. (IBJ Photo / Eric Appris)

When will The Heirloom open?

We’re wrapping up construction right now, and the first event is actually September 4th. So we still have a few more things that we’re going to kind of continue to develop, but he’s definitely event ready.

Tell us about space. What does it look like and what does it offer?

The space is therefore historic. It is a historic place. The floors are all original and polished and then you have the original brick walls so it’s a pretty rustic environment and also industrial. … It is certainly an ideal space for ceremonies and receptions, but also for reception type events, such as sit-down dinners. It is certainly a magnificent view of the downtown skyline. The location is amazing. It’s just south of Lucas Oil Stadium, and you could actually throw a stone at the stadium.

How does it compare to other Crystal Catering and Events venues?

This is actually what I think is the best part about this place. … I think that really completes the whole puzzle for us. Each of our sites is very different. It is therefore a plus with Crystal Catering… that for each person, there is a place that matches their style and what they are looking for. So, The Willows is on a body of water, and there is a sort of traditional space but also a rustic chic space with the wedding gardens. Then you have the Indiana Roof Ballroom which is one of our best places that is definitely more stylish. And then Crane Bay is more modern. And then The Heirloom is rustic industrial.

Why did the company decide to open this space?

We were looking for a place that would be different from all the other places we offer. So the building owner and Jack Bayt, the owner of Crystal Catering, (they’re friends too) got together, and it was perfect. This is exactly what we were looking for.

Has the pandemic impacted opening plans?

I think it definitely posed a little challenge. I think the materials take a little longer to arrive, and I think a lot of people take the time to renovate, so [we’re] compete with that. But the team we have here worked tirelessly and very efficiently to get it all done.

Is there already an interest in the place?

Absoutely. We had 12 site visits this week, which is a lot. And we don’t even have our website up. He’s actually going to live, I think, as we speak. We had a landing page for the site on our Crystal Catering page, so people stumbled upon it. We took our social media a bit of a push last week, and I think it sparked some interest. And we’re on some wedding websites as well. So without even having a website we gain a lot of interest and those who see the space instantly book. This is exactly what a lot of people are looking for right now, so I think it’s perfect.

What is an ideal event for the venue besides weddings?

I think this will be a great location for conventions that come to town and are looking for an offsite venue to host their clients or employees. And I think it’s going to be perfect because the proximity to Lucas Oil Stadium and the Indiana Convention Center and just the history behind the building and just what it has to offer and the views and everything.

What do you think makes this place special?

I think the story behind the building is great. … The name of the place is really perfect. The definition of inheritance is a treasured item that has been passed down from generation to generation, and I think that’s really how we see the place, it’s been in the [Hurst] family for a long time. … I think the story behind the building and the location are going to be the selling characteristics for sure.

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