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The Green Event Center, which proudly hosted a variety of dignitaries during its 10-year run in Friendswood, has permanently closed.
The facility, which hosted banquet-type events of up to 250 people, was a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design-certified structure which included a “green roof,” featuring a garden and shrubs.
The center, located on FM 528, was the brainchild of longtime Friendswood resident Holly Mickler, president and owner.
Like many restaurant-related businesses, it fell victim to the novel coronavirus pandemic.
“The last couple of years, I just kept it open for the community,” Mickler said. “It’s my hometown, and my husband and I both grew up here.
“It really wasn’t making money the last couple of years, and the nail in the coffin is what’s going on now … just the unknown, and if we were going to be able to have more than 30 people (for an event), we weren’t knowing the dates and times for anything and then we were having to refund a lot of people for cancellations.”
The Green Event Center opened in 2010 when Mickler’s idea and dream meshed with her husband Jeff’s profession. He is the CEO of Jacob White Construction.
“I had a wonderful friend and she (Ann Curry) was a chef,” Mickler said. “I kept going to my husband’s warehouse in his building. I just kept looking at a dream, and then put the dream together, and it worked out. We gave it a good 10 years.”
Curry, an executive chef, has arranged menus for such high-profile clientele as U.S. presidents, as well as movie stars and film directors in addition to medical centers, private restaurants and NASA.
Curry’s menus can feature something as simple as Texas fare to trendy or continental dishes or meals for those who are health conscious.
The meals and camaraderie made The Green Event Center a popular destination.
“We had all kinds of excitement,” Mickler said. “(Former Gov. Rick) Perry) was there, we’ve hosted all the senators, wonderful weddings, quinceaneras …lots of wonderful memories.
“Most of all it was nice having the chamber and the community there.”
The Center also hosted business meetings, wedding receptions, private corporate events and school banquets.
“It’s going to be sad for everyone because we hosted all the chamber and all the high school events,” Mickler said. “It’ll definitely be missed in Friendswood, but maybe something will come back when everything changes.”
Fortunately for Mickler, she didn’t have an extensive payroll.
“We only had three or four, to be honest, that were full-time,” she said. “The rest was us calling people to work for parties and events.
“Chef Ann is already doing something else, and it’s all working out great.”
The Green Event Center officially closed its doors on June 8, but there will be an “event center final flash sale” from 9 a.m.-3p.m. on Saturday, June 27 and noon-4 p.m., Sunday, June 28 at its 2000 W. Parkwood location.
Fans of the Center have flocked to Facebook to express their sadness, thanks and well-wishes.
“We’re going to miss them just as much as they miss us, and hopefully one day soon we’ll all be back together in some type of other event place in Friendswood,” Mickler said.