If you’re looking to host your wedding in a historic Minneapolis venue, look no further than Renaissance Minneapolis Hotel, The Depot! They have the perfect space for your day whether it’s a large soiree or an intimate reception. You’ll be blown away by the sky-high chandeliers, floor-to-ceiling windows, and exceptional service. (PLUS there’s a secret speakeasy at their restaurant — could it get any cooler?) Not only is it the new home of UNVEILED Minneapolis, but they have 23 event spaces and it is attached to the most stylish hotel in the city with a charming new restaurant featuring a curated menu.
We spoke to Banquet Manager, Sinisa Djukic, about this incredible space and what he’s up to when he’s not helping couples host the wedding day of their dreams.
Q: Let’s get to it, what’s your business’ specialty?
A: Weddings, galas, meetings and other social events.
Q: Where can we find you?
A: 225 3rd Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55401
Q: Tell us when and how your business began.
A: Our business started in 2001 after CSM Corporation purchased the property and converted it into two beautiful hotels, spectacular event space, and underground parking.
Q: What makes your company unique from others?
A: Our company’s core values, unique venue, size, and variety of event space.
Q: How long have you been in the industry? What do you think has changed the most since then?
A: 20 years. Most trends have changed since the early 2000s but one thing has stayed the same — guests still want that unique experience that we can provide here at the Depot.
Q: Walk us through your average workday.
A: I would normally check on my staff first thing in the morning to make sure they have everything they need for a successful event. Then I walk the property, greet all the event clients and make sure they feel welcomed and that they are being taken care of. The afternoon is reserved for meetings and follow-ups.
Q: What would you want couples searching for their wedding venue to know?
A: Weddings at the Renaissance Minneapolis Hotel, The Depot, are truly unforgettable. From our professional and creative staff to a unique and beautiful event space, the Depot is a perfect place for your special day.
Q: How far in advance should a couple book with you?
A: Ideally, a year before their big day.
Q: What is the biggest crowd-pleaser at Renaissance Minneapolis Hotel, The Depot?
A: Our event spaces featuring classic, modern and eclectic design.
Q: What is the history behind your venue?
A: The Depot was designed by an architect from Maine, Charles Frost, who also designed the famous Navy Pier in Chicago. The Depot project was completed in 1899 and cost about $200,000. The building served as the city’s main train station until 1971 when Milwaukee Road terminated rail service to Minneapolis.
Q: What are your other hobbies and passions besides creating beautiful wedding days?
A: I enjoy fishing and just about any sports activity.
Q: Who’s your most played artist on your streaming service?
Q: Heels or flats?
Q: Mountains or Beach?
Q: Go-to cocktail (or mocktail)?
A: I love fresh mint mojito on beautiful summer days and Old Fashioned in the winter.
Q: When you were little, what did you want to be when you grew up?
A: Fighter pilot. I grew to be too tall (6’8”) so that dream sailed away 🙂
Q: You’re at brunch. Are you going for something sweet or savory?
A: Sweet for sure.
Q: Go-to comfort food?
Q: Duck Duck Grey Duck or Duck Duck Goose?
A: Duck Duck Grey Duck