“The outside is going to be warm enough that we won’t freeze our butts off,” said Renee Serface.
An indoor commercial kitchen will be added near the outdoor space. The couple are currently seeking food truck vendors and a professional chef.
“We’re looking for the best of the best,” said Renee Serface. She will add her own charcuterie truck. “I love charcuterie,” she said. “If I was drinking a cocktail, I’d like a charcuterie board.”
The Neighborhood Refuge will add innovative ways to serve its patrons. An app for people boating nearby to order food for delivery to their boats will be offered. Golf carts will be used to bring visitors from their parking spots to the venue.
The response from the city of Ridgefield and the community has been encouraging.
“Everyone’s so excited about it. I thought I would get some kickback because I’m renovating a church, but there’s not been a word about that,” said Renee Serface. Ridgefield City Manager Steve Stuart has been supportive and helpful. Mayor Don Stose stops by regularly to check in.
“Community leaders are rallying to help us get this project done,” Serface said.
The Neighborhood Refuge could also attract some tourists. The property owner next door plans on offering a housing rental through Airbnb. The Old Library Inn across the street is currently listed on that website.
In addition to the events planned for the venue, the area offers boating, kayaking, fishing, and the nearby ilani casino.