Grafton — It hasn’t been long since Tina Gotter and her husband, Brian, became owners of the former Black Swan and already she said she’s living a dream.

“It’s always been a goal of mine to have an event center, so it made perfect sense for us to jump on the opportunity to purchase as soon as we heard the Black Swan was closing down,” Gotter said, a few days after news broke the property would remain open under a new name. “Every moment is so exciting. Every email or phone call that comes in makes my day.”

Located at 1218 13th Ave., the space that was known as the Black Swan for the last eight years is now the River Room on the Milwaukee River. It was announced late in 2016 that the establishment would be closing as the Black Swan, after owner Peter Sheperd opted to move the business to Milwaukee.

But its service of providing a venue space for special events to the Grafton community will remain the same, Gotter said, adding that they are in the process of obtaining a liquor license.

“From its floors to its brick walls, I think the space is just really beautiful,” said Gotter. “The moment you walk in, you can see it’s just such a unique space, so we are thrilled to be able to continue offering the space to the community.”

The Gotters have lived in Grafton since 2007, and Tina said it’s a privilege to improve what she referred to as a community asset.

“We can’t wait to keep getting new things on the calendar for 2017,” she added, noting the space will be available to rent for parties, meals and special events.

“We are thrilled that the River Room on the Milwaukee will continue to offer a venue for meetings and special events,” said Pam King, executive director of the Grafton Area Chamber of Commerce. “Our community is in need of this type of venue, (which) offers flexibility in choosing your own caterer and a variety of options for room layout.”

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