• Monday Night Golf Turned ‘Eatertainment’ Venue

     
    POSTED September 14, 2022
     
    Photo credit: Walt Reilly's
  • Monday Night Golf Turned ‘Eatertainment’ Venue

     
    POSTED September 14, 2022
     
    Photo credit: Walt Reilly's
  • Monday Night Golf Turned ‘Eatertainment’ Venue

     
    POSTED September 14, 2022
     
    Photo credit: Walt Reilly's
  • Monday Night Golf Turned ‘Eatertainment’ Venue

     
    POSTED September 14, 2022
     
    Photo credit: Walt Reilly's

After a recent move from California to Bend, Paul Gerber had no idea what his future held in the Beaver State. During the same time, his friend Tim Kerns had also moved to the area, and the two signed up for a Monday night indoor golf league to get out, meet people, and enjoy an evening on the golf simulators in the dead of winter. The league was held in a small, slightly run-down joint with small appetizers, beer, and a tiny TV to watch Monday night football. 

And they loved it. “We looked forward to Monday nights for the six weeks we were doing it,” says Gerber. “[Then we started thinking], what if we did this on a bigger scale with, you know, a big restaurant, and … nice, new, updated golf simulators, and maybe live music?” 

Their unspoken wish was granted when the original tenants of the building moved out, making their idea for the restaurant and entertainment venue more and more plausible—and Walt Reilly’s was born, with Gerber and Kerns as its owners. 

The renovated 11,000-square-foot indoor venue with an outdoor patio opened in July 2021. The space is home to a 10-hole indoor mini golf course, seven pinball machines, three state-of-the-art Golf Zone golf simulators, a live music stage, a bar, and a restaurant. 

The restaurant serves up an array of sports game fare including burgers, rice bowls, appetizers, and finger foods. “We kind of call it an elevated-casual menu,” says Gerber. The eatery’s chef also crafts a special burger every week, “and they’re just amazing,” Gerber notes. 

The venue can hold up to 450 people, and big groups are always appreciated when visiting. Walt Reilly’s can customize the space for just about any event, from birthday parties with a band, to more intimate, corporate gatherings. Full buyouts are available, as well as individual spaces for rent, such as their Private Living Room which is smaller in size and can be closed off from the rest of the venue, with a capacity of 25 people. 

Their outdoor patio is also available for rent year-round and can host up to 85 people. “Our motto is, ‘We just want to say yes,’ we’ll figure out how to make it work for you and us,” Gerber says. 

And don’t forget there’s more to an event at Walt Reilly’s than just good food and personalized event space—the golf simulators and other activities are available for rent as well. The simulators can be rented by the hour, and the staff can estimate cost based on the size of the group and how many holes they want to play. 

“[It was a] pleasant surprise [to see] how well the activities have gone together with the dining experience. It’s been really fun … people enjoy it, it brings energy,” says Gerber. 

Even as temperatures drop and snow begins to fall, Bend’s Walt Reilly’s offers groups year-round golfing fun, good food, and event options that make any gathering one to remember. 

The average event-goer spends long days sitting in meetings or professional development sessions, followed by an hour or two of standing and sipping cocktails. But holding your next big event at a spa resort opens a realm of possibilities for wellness breaks. Moving the action from the boardroom to the steam room can improve morale by combining business with pleasure—while also boosting attendees’ health. 

 

 Seattle is young and ever evolving, a dynamic city where newness is an integral part of the culture. And it has a long, proud history of hospitality.

In the early 1850s, Chief Seattle welcomed strangers to the banks of Puget Sound. Because of his kindness, they named their new settlement on Elliott Bay after him. “Seattle is a new city with an ancient culture,” notes Ken Workman, Chief Seattle’s great, great, great, great grandson. “It’s less than two grandmas old, as we like to say.” 

 

Many see Portland as a progressive city. No event venues are likely more in line with that world view than the two run by Ecotrust Events. Ecotrust, the events branch’s overarching nonprofit, leads a staggering number of social equity, economic opportunity, and environmental programs, from supporting Native American land rights to building intergenerational wealth for Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) individuals. What does this have to do with hosting a corporate meeting? Everything.