KlubHaus 61 to open with Saturday wedding

Candy Neal/The Herald
KlubHaus 61 will start operating in the former Jasper Country Club building Saturday with a wedding and reception.

Herald Staff Writer

JASPER — A multiroom banquet facility is opening this weekend inside the shell of a long-loved facility.

KlubHaus 61 will start operating in the former Jasper Country Club building Saturday with a wedding and reception. And it already has several weddings and other events scheduled for the rest of this year and next.

“We’ve been approached by so many people in the community, saying that they’re so glad that the building is staying and not being torn down,” KlubHaus co-owner Gail Hettinger said. “And I do think Jasper could use another banquet facility here.”

Hettinger, her brother Alan Hanselman and their parents, Larry and Betty Hanselman, own the Schnitzelbank restaurant. They were planning to construct a banquet facility near the restaurant when Alan Hanselman was approached last year by the owners of the country club, who told him that the club was going to be closed and the property would be sold.

At first he said the family wasn’t interested, Hettinger said. “We were planning a banquet room that would hold about 300 people. But then we thought about it and decided to take a look. When we came out here, we saw so many possibilities.”

They sealed the deal under their company, Alpine Enterprises, in February.

KlubHaus 61 — Larry and Betty Hanselman opened the Schnitzelbank in 1961 — represents the family’s German heritage and its history.

The building has been completely remodeled. The open-air room has been closed in and can be used with the adjoining banquet room if needed. New flooring, carpeting and fixtures have been added. The front has been remodeled to include an overhang that can be driven under and the top of it is steepled to look more like a German building.

The two large banquet rooms can seat at least 200 people each. Two smaller rooms that seat about 80 people apiece also are available for rent, as is the bar area, which can seat about 100 people.

“So if you rented the whole building, you could seat close to 600 people,” said Alan Hanselman. “Or you could have five separate parties going on. There’s not another facility in Jasper like this.”

“This is more private, a more secluded facility back here,” Hettinger said, referring to the property that sits back from U.S. 231 and Schuetter Road. “It’s a nice atmosphere for meetings, conferences, parties and weddings.”

Plus it has a historical tie to the community, she said. “This is a key part of Jasper. A lot of functions were held out here. People remember this place.”

The Jasper Country Club dated to the 1930s and the clubhouse building to the 1960s.

A ramp has been added inside to make it more easily accessible to those who have challenges walking. The facility has its own chef, Jamie Boaz, who will operate out of the facility’s full kitchen.
The Schnitzelbank catering staff will help out at the functions at the new facility initially, said the KlubHaus’ general manager, Alan Hanselman’s son Nathan.

“We are using the staff to get a good idea of how many employees we will need to have for the facility to ultimately operate independently from catering,” he said.

Alpine purchased some of the land around the building and has used some to add more parking spaces. And the facility has space to hold outdoor weddings on the green that used to be the ninth hole, such as the wedding that is planned for Saturday.

Already, the Saturdays in May, June and July 2014 are pretty much booked, Nathan Hanselman said. Other events, like business conferences, parties and club banquets, also are being scheduled, he said, adding that December is quickly filling up with Christmas parties.

KlubHaus 61 will be a complete rental facility in that the catering and bartender services are included with the rental. “We want to be a facility that helps make the wedding planning process a little bit easier,” Nathan Hanselman said.

The facility does not yet have a phone. For information or to schedule a rental, email Nathan Hanselman at nathan@schnitzelbank.com.

Online: www.klubhaus61.com

Contact Candy Neal at cneal@dcherald.com.

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