July 1, 2016

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Blue Heron center closes in Montville Township

MONTVILLE TWP. — Karen Poliak had everything in order for her daughter’s June wedding.

But now, the venue is in question.

The uncertainty began Thursday, when Poliak’s florist called to tell her the voicemail at Blue Heron Banquet & Conference Center — where she planned to have her daughter’s wedding reception — said it was “closed indefinitely.”

Blue Heron Conference & Banquet Center and its affiliated restaurant and golf course closed two weeks ago for financial reasons. Managing member Gary Hoffman said the center still is accepting reservations, but the company no longer can provide catering. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY NICK GLUNT)

Poliak, 54, a township resident, said it ruined her day.

Blue Heron, 3225 Blue Heron Trace, has a banquet center, golf course and restaurant. On its website, Blue Heron is described as “upscale” and “elegant.”

Nearby Blue Heron Estates is not affected by the closing.

“Blue Heron Golf, Banquet & Conference Center and the River Styx Grille are closed indefinitely until sold,” the property’s voicemail said Thursday afternoon.

But Blue Heron managing member Gary Hoffman said that wasn’t the case.

“We are presently closed, but we’re still offering our banquet hall,” Hoffman said. “We just can’t cater it anymore.”

Hoffman said the property closed two weeks ago for financial reasons and is for sale.

He said management hopes to reopen the restaurant soon, which was closed because of water damage from a malfunctioning sprinkler system that is being renovated.

This isn’t the first time Blue Heron has been in financial trouble.

In 2011, the Ohio Department of Taxation sued Blue Heron over unpaid taxes. The case was settled out of court.

“We’re paying our tax liens, and we’ve been paying them,” Hoffman said.

Hoffman said management contacted everyone who had reservations to inform them of the changes.

Poliak said they may have tried to contact her daughter, Stacy, 24, but did not reach her.
“I’m very upset with this whole situation,” Poliak said. “I don’t know if I can reschedule with all the vendors, and I don’t know if I can find another hall.”

Poliak said Hoffman offered her a refund on the deposit, but she wasn’t sure what to do yet.

She said she doesn’t know whether she can count on Blue Heron anymore.

“I may have to stick with them, though,” Poliak said. “It’s coming up so soon, I’m not sure if I’ll be able to find a new place.”

Contact reporter Nick Glunt at (330) 721-4048 or nglunt@medina-gazette.com.

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Nick Glunt primarily covers courts and crime in Medina County. He served The Gazette from September 2012 to December 2015. Contact him at (330) 721-4048 or via email at nglunt@medina-gazette.com.