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'Meet The Owner' Interview 

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Being a venue owner is as challenging as it is rewarding. Let's take a closer look at Ken Caryl Vista in Colorado and hear from the owner to understand how offboarding facility operations was the right choice. Together with his partner, Steven Langer built the venue in 2004, and leased to  Wedgewood Events in May 2016.
 
We're huge fans of Steven and everything he and his partner, Ernie Oetter accomplished. The facility location is extremely attractive and looks across to the Rocky Mountain foothills. Let's start with a summary of our partnership to date and then chat with Steven.

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Hard Work Made To Look Easy

Steven Langer, owner and operator of Ken Caryl Vista, known as Terrace Gardens Event Center at the time, has been in the foodservice industry since the Eighties. He’s been hands-on building a successful catering business and two large event facilities. After several decades of running these businesses, he and his business partner decided that it was time to simplify their lives.
 
Back in 2015, our team at Wedgewood Events already had two successful venues in Colorado: Tapestry House and Boulder Creek, and we were looking to expand. Our experience working with golf clubs looking to enter the formal events market was widely known and the golf course attached to this venue put the owner, Steven in touch with our team. We worked with him to purchase the business and assets and lease the property. This transaction allowed the owner to commoditize the great business he had built and keep the land as income property with a long-term, stable tenant.
 
Following the transition process in 2016, Steven now has peace of mind knowing that his business is in good hands and his legacy will continue through first-class service. The decision to offboard operations and the associated business needs have simplified his life significantly, so he’s able to more easily balance his work and time spent with his wife and family. We’re all happy to say: our business model has attracted more high-margin events and improved his overall revenue and margins.

 

In 2020, following high occupancy, it was time to revitalize. We added a beautiful natural stone wall that enhances the landscape, upgraded outdoor furniture and flagstones, new lighting, and an interior refresh. 
 

Steven Langer, Owner: Ken Caryl Vista by Wedgewood Weddings

Steven Langer, Owner: Ken Caryl Vista by Wedgewood Weddings

 

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VENUE OWNER Interview with Steven Langer

 

HI STEVEN, HOW DID YOU CONNECT WITH WEDGEWOOD EVENTS?

Our venue is located on a golf course, and the course owner - knowing our plans - introduced us to John Zaruka. We started talking.

 

WHAT WAS IT THAT MADE YOU DECIDE TO PARTNER?

I’ve been in foodservice for my entire adult life and, along with my business partner, we built a successful catering business as well as two large event facilities but we had both determined that it was time to simplify our lives as we had done this for a long time.

We had just taken one of our locations and re-purposed it into a craft beer taproom and restaurant with additional event space, and we were delighted to be offered the opportunity to lease our other location to Wedgewood Events while still building equity and simplifying our professional lives.

 

WHAT IS YOUR BUSINESS & HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN AN OWNER?

Ernie Oetter and I started Panache Catering, Inc. a very high-end off-premises catering company in 1982 on a very limited budget and we did only off-premises work for the first 15 years, then built our first event facility.

We built a second facility in 2004. This turned into Ken Caryl Vista, which is now operated by Wedgewood Events. My business partner and I operated together for 34 years prior to his untimely death in 2015. His widow is still my silent partner but I operate both our taproom restaurant and real estate holding company for my family and his.

 

WHAT MADE YOU DECIDE TO GET INTO OWNING AND OPERATING YOUR FACILITY?

We’d toyed with owning our own facility off and on from about 1990 onwards... but we couldn’t make the numbers work the way we would have liked, so we didn’t ever move forward.

Then, after we’d been engaged to do some consulting work for a local foundation with a large botanic garden, we realized we needed a facility that could do more than one event at a time for our business model - it’s the best way to make the numbers work for us, so we did it.

 

HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT THE TRANSITION SINCE LEASING OUT YOUR FACILITY’S FOOD & BEVERAGE OPERATIONS?

Good question – obviously we care about catering, it’s the heartbeat of our original business, but it’s been easy. The timing worked out and partnering with the team at Wedgewood Events has simplified everything significantly - which I feel is appropriate for my life stage.

Over the last few years, I’ve had to get used to running our business as a single operator rather than working side by side with a business partner, and having Wedgewood Events to look after events, food & beverage has been tremendously helpful.

 

WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO OTHER OWNERS/ OPERATORS?

Be certain that the proposed agreement will serve you a long time by analyzing your own business needs, goals, and thoughts about retaining or selling your property.

 

WHAT’S NEXT, STEVEN?

Continuing the balance of work and time for myself and my wife in the later years of my career.

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Ken Caryl Vista, Littleton, Colorado, Wedgewood Events

Ken Caryl Vista, Littleton, Wedgewood Events

 

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