To say that Ana and Enrique Contreras have put Kuna on the map with El Gallo Giro’s success over the past 15 years is an understatement. Now, in addition to the restaurant they own together, they have embarked on a new endeavor, the Kuna Event Center.
The property, located at 321 W. 4th Street is the former Baptist church that was built in 1915. Before purchasing the building two and a half years ago, it sat empty for over a year after a day care moved out.
Last November, construction began renovating the multi-room building, landscaping and rewiring. It was a full remodel says Enrique Contreras. He says they replaced the ceiling trusses, the plumbing, the wiring… everything. When they could save something, they did. Many of the original doors are still in the building, and when they wouldn’t work, they had the new ones built to match. The hardwood floor in the bar area was original but in the main room where the church pews were, it had to be replaced.
Ana decorated the entire facility choosing beautiful chandeliers and sconces. Even having them put in the bathroom stalls.
The building features a main room, a separate meeting room, a basement party/lounging meeting room, a prep kitchen, a full upstairs bar, and secret bridal ready-room with dressing mirrors, fridge and a black couch/lounge to die for.
“Once a bride sees the rest of the facility,” said Enrique of the bridal ready room, “This is the secret weapon.”
Each of the large rooms have projectors and screens that lower out of the ceiling. The surround sound in the main room is designed for dances and sounds great in the open space. The outside deck has screens that can be lowered electronically for wind, rain and snow protection in inclement weather.
No expenses were spared in the facility. The Contreras have already hosted several evens and have their first wedding planned for May 17. The facility is designed to host meetings, weddings, parties, balls, dances, seminars and workshops, basically anything requiring space, seats and a large space for up to 375 people.
Parties interested in renting the 7,000 square foot space can contact the Kuna Events Center at 922-2862, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit their facebook page.