Event Space Rental

Available for private functions, meetings, workshops & more
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the building is currently closed to the public. We are prioritizing the primary function of our facility (food manufacturing) as well as the safety and well-being of our members and their employees.
We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your patience and understanding.
Many of our members that offer catering are working with clients for off-site events.
Please see our Member Directory for a list of caterers.

Our old school building has a new life these days but still remains a place for community. Each event space is filled with character and features historic details like original maple hardwood floors, blackboards and huge windows with great natural light.

Work hard or play hard

Our facility is adaptable and ready to use for a variety public, private and professional functions year-round. Not only does this place look great dressed up, but your guests will love that we are easy to find and we’re surrounded by ample parking. We’re even accessible via RIPTA #60 or the East Bay Bike Path! 

This facility is beautiful inside and out. The “Schoolyard” out back is seasonally available. Our garden classroom and tented area are a great alternative venue for events that could benefit from some fun in the sun during the warmer months.

West Room

Approximate Capacity: 150 persons, standing / 90 persons, seated

Our largest event space is flanked by enormous west-facing windows and refurbished blackboards, and adorned with soft, lantern lighting detail. Ideal for large events like banquets, cocktail parties, retail or tasting events, small trade shows or lectures.

Demonstration Kitchen-Classroom

Approximate Capacity: 40 persons, standing / 28 persons, seated

Non-commercial cooking and classroom space with island counter, electric range, two ovens and movable refrigeration unit. Original maple hardwood floors, colorful walls and blackboards line the room with views of historic Main Street.

Conference Room

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Approximate Capacity: 8 persons, seated

A cozy meeting space ideal for small groups. Big windows, bring light and complete privacy.

Please Note!
The primary function of our facility is to serve as a commercial food manufacturing site and resource center for a membership community of food and beverage companies. Members are leaseholders and are allowed access 24/7, regardless of other scheduled activity. Event Hosts are not considered members.
Excess noise and related distractions associated with food manufacturing operations may occur at any time.

Let us know when you’re ready to book!

To start the process of securing your date(s), please complete a Event Needs Assessment form. A fully completed Event Needs Assessment is required by all prospective hosts to ensure that logistics and billing are set up correctly.


Not sure which form applies?

Private events are non-ticketed celebratory occasions held for friends and family.

Professional events are meetings, workshops and/or promotional opportunities for businesses, nonprofits, trade organizations, consultants and/or educators.

Public events are special occasions held for public enjoyment, community engagement and/or fundraising.

We’ll be in touch as soon as possible to learn more details and discuss your needs.

Hoping to do something a little different than what’s here? Tell us about it! We’re always open to partnerships and co-hosting opportunities that benefit our members and support our mission.

Contact our Events Department to connect with our team to discuss your idea: events@makefoodyourbusiness.org

Considerations for Planning


Hope & Main’s Executive Office is open 9am-5pm Monday through Friday and on weekends by appointment. Event Hosts are not permitted in the facility without advanced notice and permission.

The Hope & Main facility does not open earlier than 8am. All events must conclude in time to exit the facility by midnight.

Live animals are not permitted inside the facility. No exceptions.

Hope & Main is not air conditioned.


In support of our mission we prefer Event Hosts choose refreshments and catering through Hope & Main member companies and/or graduates. A complete list of eligible businesses can be found here.

Event Hosts are not required to hire Hope & Main-based companies, however, a cost increase will be applied. All outside caterers must provide a copy of current Catering and/or Food and Beverage License(s).

Alcoholic beverages are not permitted without:

  1. Licensing from the Town of Warren
  2. Verification of a TIPS certified server on site
  3. Certificate of insurance


Use of Hope & Main’s parking lot (known as the “Schoolyard”) is limited and not necessarily accessible to all Event Hosts. Free municipal parking is available on-street and adjacent to the facility on Franklin Street.

  • Food truck parking is available with advanced notice and written consent
  • Use of the Schoolyard as an event venue is available seasonally
  • 120v and 220v access to electricity is available with advanced notice and written consent


The name “HOPE & MAIN”, Company logos, pictures of Hope & Main and any other Hope & Main-owned intellectual property may not be reproduced or used without permission, as they are protected by trademark and copyright law.

Event hosts may not refer to Hope & Main as a sponsor or co-host without prior written approval.

Hope & Main  is not required to promote or publicize any events.


Rates vary. Event Hosts are required to complete our Event Needs Assessment in order to allows us to provide an accurate estimate. 50% of the estimate is due in order to secure a reservation.  


  • Bulk rates are available for recurring, multi-date or extended reservations
  • A 15% increase will be applied to all events scheduled November 1-January 2 and holiday weekends
  • A 10% increase will be applied to all events choosing non-Hope & Main member/graduate catering
  • A $5/person fee will be added for guided tours for more than 10 people
  • Event hosts will be charged $50/day for any dry storage items remaining beyond 48 hours
  • Fees associated with facility damage will be charged according to cost and staff time
  • Fellow nonprofits can qualify for up to 25% cost relief with proof of documentation