Former Larkin’s COO takes charge of Drayton Mills events space

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Drayton Mills
Drayton Mills. Photo by Will Crooks

Drayton Mills

STATUS: Revitalization complete

Drayton Mills now includes 14 businesses and luxury lofts

“Events at Drayton Mills” is now “Eighteen Hundred Drayton Catering & Events.”

The former wedding and catering venue at Drayton Mills, a “live-work-play” campus created on the site of a defunct textile mill at 1800 Drayton Road in Spartanburg, is being reworked.

Bob Munnich, former chief operating officer of Larkin’s Restaurant Group, has leased the facility and will now recast the 35,000-square-foot indoor and outdoor space into a “robust” catering business, he said.

Munnich’s initial focus is on building out a state-of-the-art kitchen, setting the table for a venue capable of hosting private dinners for 20 to 300 and receptions accommodating 500.

A public grand opening is scheduled for Sept. 6, the same day as Drayton Mills’ final installment of its 2019 summer concert series.

Bob Munnich is the owner, manager, and master chef of Eighteen Hundred Drayton Catering & Events. Photo provided.

Munnich is owner, manager, and master chef of the new enterprise.

“My intention is to make this the backbone of my catering business. … This is my sole focus right now,” Munnich said.

Munnich joined Larkin’s Restaurant Group in 2005 and was instrumental in the development of Larkin’s Catering & Events as well as Larkin’s on the River, Grill Marks, and Limoncello.

In all, Munnich helped grow Larkin’s from two to seven locations under five brands, with a total of about 20,000 square feet of events space in three locations.

Established by TMS Development in November 2018, the former Events at Drayton Mills was conceived as part of a larger retail-and-commercial complex within walking distance of 289 apartment units on the grounds of the historic mill.

Eighteen Hundred Drayton Catering & Events is one of 14 businesses now operating in the marketplace.

“From our luxury loft apartments to the businesses in our marketplace, Drayton is bustling with activity,” a news release quoted Tara Sherbert, managing principal of TMS Development and owner of the property, as saying.

“The event venue draws thousands of visitors to Drayton each month, and under Bob’s leadership, we expect that activity to continue to blossom as the community embraces Eighteen Hundred Drayton,” she said.

Drayton Mills

An interior shot of Drayton Mills Marketplace. Photo by Will Crooks.

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