When Jonathan Byrd’s Cafeteria Closed in 2015, our loyal customers were sad to see the end of an era. The Cafeteria holds a special place in the Greenwood Community’s heart, and we know everyone was very nervous to see what would take its place. We are very excited to give you a sneak peek of something new and exciting going into the former cafeteria, and we’re proud to say that Jonathan Byrd’s will contribute to some of their events in the future.
The building has been renovated into office spaces, and includes the new Brickhouse Coffee Company. The Banquet Rooms have also been completely renovated and recreated into a new event center. The Nest Event Center is independently owned and operated by Kristee Anderson. She has created a completely new and stylish space that will bring elegance and class to any event.
If you meet Anderson in her office, you will be transported into a picture from a home décor magazine. The black, white, gray, and rose-pink theme is a muted palette that is perfect for inspiring romance. No detail is spared throughout the office or the event center. Even Anderson holds a pink pen that matches the pink vases on the table perfectly. “Country Chic” is how she describes the new look, something many people will recognize while browsing wedding ideas on Pinterest.
When you walk into the foyer, the entire room is white, including the large fireplace and grand piano. The mantle, armoire, and large beams on the ceiling provide dark accents. The room is so clean and white you’re almost afraid to leave a scratch or a footprint on the floor. The space is ideal for a cocktail hour or break-out room for appetizers or snacks. Rustic chandeliers finish off the country look. The dark barn doors slide to reveal a small conference room complete with a large rustic table with elegant legs that create a polished meeting space for a small group.
The former banquet room has now been updated for the 21st Century. Floor to ceiling doors on one wall fills the room with natural light. The ceiling is covered with black tiles, and decorative mix-matched plaster white tiles are speckled throughout, completing the bold look. The wall opposite the doors, at first, appears gray and stagnant, but with the flip of a switch, the wall comes to life with a beautiful interactive scene. This Environmental Wall is a fun feature that really sets “The Nest” apart from other event spaces. The wall has three adjacent sections that can project anything from natural scenescapes, logos, lyrics, or the big game. The large banquet hall can be broken into 5 rooms and can fit up to 550 people banquet style or up to 700 lecture style
The Nest also features an indoor ceremony space. A repurposed alter stands at the front of the room, and rows of pews are going to be installed. Faux windows line the walls, making you feel like you’re in an actual chapel. This is a great option for those who want to do an intimate ceremony and then a large reception. Anderson says in the Spring they will begin work on a gazebo for an outdoor ceremony option.
“We are ecstatic, thrilled, thankful, gracious, excited and proud,” Anderson gushed. Anderson had been the go-to party planner at her church for showers and conferences, but when she saw the opportunity to be an event planner in a space of her own, she jumped at the chance. Anderson is incredibly proud of the work done for The Nest, as it was a triumph for her and her family. Her husband is a musician and the grand piano in the foyer for him or any other pianist to play. Her eldest daughter is studying to be an accountant and helped sort out the financials. Anderson’s son is nicknamed “The Muscle,” as she’s called on him many times to rearrange furniture and decorations. Her middle daughter has made all the promotional items, social media, and logos. The Nest logo is encircled with thin lines, resembling a nest – a homage to the Byrd’s before them.
So far, The Nest has had a few conferences and has started booking holiday parties for December. While she is excited for new business, Anderson admits that she is overwhelmed with the reception she’s had so far. The Nest is not limited to weddings. They are willing to host any event that fits their space, including showers, board meetings, craft fairs, conferences, and anything in between.
Jonathan Byrd’s Catering is one of the preferred vendors on The Nest’s long list of local businesses that can be called upon to make any event spectacular in any price range. That’s one of the reasons Anderson believe that their business has been booming before their grand opening. “We’re a newly renovated space that’s not outrageously overpriced, and I think that’s getting the attention of a lot of young couples,” Anderson said.
If you are interested in seeing the upgrades to the old cafeteria or are looking for a new venue for your upcoming event, The Nest Grand Opening is Thursday, November 30th from 6-9pm.