FRANKFORT, Ind. (WLFI) – Arborwood Banquet Facility may look like an ideal place to hold a party or reception, but vice president and co-owner Amy Shoup Mennen said it’s been a labor of love restoring the former county club.
“When we came out here it was a pretty broken and debilitated building and property, and we just kind of took it on as a passion to make it alive again,” said Shoup Mennen.
Mennen and her family have spent more than two years and $100,000 to restore life into the building. Vice president and co-owner Cindy Shoup Cacy said it hasn’t been easy, but Arborwood stands out in the community.
“It’s really a gem in the middle of the city, and so it was only natural to make this the centerpiece of the community,” said Shoup Cacy.
Mennen said the building was more of a diamond in the rough when they started, but now hosts weddings, parties and corporate meetings on a regular basis.
“It’s pretty amazing when you look at the building from where we started to where we are now,” said Shoup Mennen. “It’s a big transformation.”
That transformation began after Shoup’s Country Foods leased the building in 2012, and in 2013 decided to purchase the building.
After a year long process, they now own it.
Cacy said it’s just another step in the right direction for the city of Frankfort.
“Frankfort is just really coming to life. And I think if everyone pitches in and does their part, we’ll all bring Frankfort back to the status it should be,” said Shoup Cacy.