The Rodi Event Center & The Loft

The Rodi Event Center

The Rodi Event Center is the located in the renovated gymnasium of the Historic Ashley Arms once home to Ashley High School and Gastonia High School before that. Located at 245 W. Garrison Blvd the large facility features Rodi Restaurant, ample event spaces as noted below, and seven local businesses. At the Rodi Event Center we host many events including rehearsal dinners, wedding receptions, birthday parties, Christmas parties, retirement parties, bar / bat mitzvahs, corporate meetings and presentations, proms, dances, anniversary parties, sweet sixteens, quincineras, engagement parties, fundraisers, concerts and many more. All catering is provided by the restaurant at Rodi and Chef Freddy. Professionals in event planning and execution, we will work with you to choose your menus, help plan your event, and execute the event with style and grace. Our aim is to make you shine.

We will work with you to determine what space(s) will best serve your event(s). The versatility of our spaces invites multi-purpose gatherings. For example, a wedding in The Loft and a rehearsal dinner in The Garden Room. Or a business conference with break-out meetings in The Family Room. Essentially, we have what you need and invite you to explore the site for details on spaces, menus and other services

The Rodi Event Center spaces (Click here for room descriptions);

• The Loft: Large open-air area banquet and concert hall with provisions for up to 400 guests.

• The Garden Room: Private space for up to 50 guests with adjacent coy pond and Atrium.

• The Family Room: Private space for up to 25 guests adjacent to the Rodi Restaurant.

• The Atrium: Open space with easy access for up to 200 guests; Ideal for Receptions and Art Exhibits.

• The Patio: Private and/or non-private space for up to 25 guests adjacent to the Rodi Restaurant in the screened in porch. 

• Rodi: The restaurant at Rodi features a dining room with a capacity of 74 guests; guests may order from the regular restaurant menus.

All Deposits are NON-REFUNDABLE and are required with a signed contract in order to reserve a space. Room Rentals include event space, tables, chairs, set-up and breakdown. Catering prices (including standard 20% service charge) include your chosen menu items, culinary labor, waitstaff labor, china, silverware, glassware, buffet set-up and breakdown, as wellas standard linen napkins and table clothes. Additional decorations are the guest's responsibility for set-up as well as breakdown after the event.

We can not allow outside caterers in the Rodi Event Center as the Center is permitted under Rodi, LLC. The only exception is a celebration cake. We feature an in-house Pastry Chef that can help design and produce the perfect cake, dessert or breads for you. If an outside provider is chosen for the celebration cake a $2 plating fee will apply for service items such as china and silver to use with that item.

We can provide full bar service(s) including beer, wine and spirits. The Rodi Event Center is fully permitted by the ABC Board of North Carolina. We host a variety of bar service options including: Open Bar, Cash Bar, or Open Bar with a limit. Standard bar setup includes all necessary glassware, ice and mixers. You may choose a full bar or you have the option to just serve beer and wine only.

Sales Office Hours of Operation: Mon - Fri 9a - 5p

Appointments are highly suggested for tours and meetings. Dial the Main Number and Press 2 for the Sales Office.

Rodi Restaurant

In August of 2015 new ownership took over the operations of Rodi Restaurant and the Rodi Event Center. The vision for the New Rodi is the same as the original vision in 1996. Rodi is a gathering place for people to experience and practice their passions for food, music, art and community. The Hidden Jewel of York -Chester, Rodi's passion for superior service and culinary delights offers an experience with its relaxed atmosphere and eclectic finishings. Executive Chef Freddy Julius brings a passion for the culinary arts with a specialization in gastronomy and artistic presentation. In addition to standard lunch and dinner menus Chef Freddy offers Daily Featured Menu Selections that allow him to continuously strive for the next level of culinary magic. Rodi also features an In-House Pastry Chef, John McCall. Chef John produces all of our breads and desserts fresh daily.

Restaurant Hours of Operation:

Lunch: Tues - Fri 11a - 5p

Dinner: Tues - Sat 5p - 10p

** Live Acoustic Music Thursday, Friday, & Saturday Evenings. Find Us on Facebook for more details. **

Main Phone Line:

704.864.RODI (7634)




From The Bar

Bar Options

Alcohol is charged by consumption.
We are able to provide a full bar including beer, wine and liquor to your guests.
We have a variety of bar service options including:
• Open Bar
• Cash Bar
• Open Bar with Limit

Standard bar setup includes all necessary glassware, ice and mixers.Client is charged by guest consumption based on the following prices:

Mixed Drinks
2oz liquor pour of our house brands.

Top Shelf Brands
Some specialty alcohol may be higher.

House Cabernet, Merlot, Chardonnay and White Zinfandel
Each glass is a 6oz. pour. Additional wines may be selected from our list and made available at a higher cost.

Bottled Domestic Beer
Imported and Micro-brews
Specialty Beers

There will be a gratuity added to all open bar totals.

Cash Bar with Bartender
All charges for a cash bar remain the same
A cash bar includes a per hour bartender fee.

Bottles of wine with prior approval may be brought onto the property for special occasion toasts, but are subject to a corkage fee which is per bottle.