The Cotton Room Opening this Fall

New Event Venue in the neighborhood should come in handy in the neighborhood and neighbors. It appears The Cotton Room will be open in the Fall


The Cotton Room at Golden Belt is the latest venture by Michelle and Dodd Aldred, founders and owners of Triangle Catering. This all-inclusive, independently operated event venue will occupy the expansive 11,000-square foot space on the top floor of Building 2 and 2,000-square feet of space on the ground floor of Building 2 for offices and a professional kitchen. An impressive upfit to transform the former factory spaces will soon begin under the direction of noted Durham firm, Belk Architecture.
The top-floor space will be at once contemporary and in harmony with Durham’s downtown heritage. The original industrial character of Golden Belt–including brick archways, mechanical pulleys, timber framing and a windowed façade that bathes the space in natural light–will merge with progressive design and modern amenities to create the perfect backdrop for any event. The facility featuring innovative cuisine, expert planning and inspired décor will accommodate over 400 people for weddings, corporate events and other large gatherings.

But The Cotton Room is more than just an event venue; it’s also a sign of hometown pride. Co-owner Michelle Aldred grew up in Durham and remembers touring the Golden Belt textile mill as a schoolchild. “I’m thrilled to be a part of Durham’s revitalization,” said Aldred. “To be able to take a piece of our history and re-envision it as something new and creative is so exciting.” 
Michelle Aldred will oversee day-to-day operations and event management. Chef-owner Dodd Aldred will be responsible for developing the menu. “The cuisine will be a big focus of The Cotton Room,” said Chef Aldred. “It will be Southern-inspired yet classically executed—with, of course, an eclectic twist.”
The Cotton Room is slated to open October 2009 and is currently accepting reservations. Visit our website or the for more information.
We are excited that with The Cotton Room, the raw beauty of the third floor will be transformed into spectacular, finished space offering the food, convenience and service necessary to pull off truly memorable events.  Please join us in congratulating Michelle and Dodd on this exciting new venture and welcoming them to Golden Belt.