Calling all brides-to-be! Are you searching for the perfect wedding or rehearsal venue? Look no further than Umbria Hospitality Group! Did you know that we have two sister wedding venues that we are the exclusive caterer for? Keep reading to learn more about hosting your wedding and bridal events at Mulino Italian Kitchen & Bar, The Historic Wakefield Barn, and Melrose Knitting Mill.
Mulino Italian Kitchen & Bar
We know exactly how challenging it can be to find the best wedding reception venue – especially one that is within your budget but at the same time, meets all your requirements. You will certainly want the very best for your dream wedding and given that your rehearsal dinner sets the mood for the entire event, you would be just as cautious in selecting a restaurant to host a rehearsal dinner.
Mulino Italian Kitchen & Bar offers one of the best wedding reception venues in Raleigh. We have a splendid setting for your theme wedding or your dream wedding outdoors!
In addition to using Mulino Italian Kitchen & Bar for your wedding day or reception site, we also have plenty of room to host your bridal shower, bridal brunch, engagement party, and the list goes on…
You will enjoy the same quality of food that you enjoy when dining at Mulino if you choose one of Umbria Hospitality’s venues for your special event. Whether you would like to have stations, a buffet, or a plated dinner – we have options for every style and budget.
Melrose Knitting Mill
Located on the third floor of Mulino Italian Kitchen & Bar is one of Umbria Hospitality’s wedding venues – Melrose Knitting Mill. Whether you live locally or are considering Downtown Raleigh as a destination for your wedding or social event, Melrose Knitting Mill is the elegant spot you have been looking for.
The building we call “home” was originally built in 1900 as “Melrose Textile Mill” which manufactured underpants and bathing suits. The mill served as the building’s only resident until 1930 but like many mills and factories, it closed for good just a year after the stock market crash of “Black Tuesday”. Until 2009, the building sat vacant, except for occasional short-term tenants – like a roofing company in the 1960’s – which led the space to its fortuitous introduction to Abdul Zalal in 1969. An Afghan immigrant, Zalal began working at the roofing company and just before 1980 he purchased the mill.
Fast forward to 2009, when Umbria Hospitality Group founder Samad Hachby opened then Babylon Restaurant, a Moroccan dining concept, which served as one of Downtown Raleigh’s most vibrant evening and weekend destinations until the restaurant was re-imagined to the Italian eatery it is today.
So how did our special event space come to be? In 2014, Hachby aimed his creative pursuits even higher (quite literally) and renovated the third-story space to accommodate the larger weddings, special events, and parties that his restaurant was being sought after to host. Today, the Historic Melrose Knitting Mill sits perched high atop 309 N. Dawson Street welcoming guests to a true destination within the heart of the city.
The Historic Wakefield Barn
Past the concrete and the crowds of the city, just under thirty minutes from Downtown Raleigh, you will find Umbria’s third wedding venue, The Historic Wakefield Barn. The Barn was originally built in the 1930s, surrounded by beautiful natural gardens, courtyards, and a spacious terrace. Today, it has been restored with great care, creating a functional space for exquisite events, keeping its original charm. The Barn is a place where Southern hospitality and great service are a way of life. From the moment you arrive, you and your guests will be embraced by the scenic beauty and pastoral views.
This venue comfortably accommodates up to 250 guests, seated, and up to 350 guests for a cocktail-style reception.
We invite you to visit for Southern hospitality and agriturismo. (Which loosely translated from Italian means, a nice “farm stay”.)