New and Noteworthy: Mane on Main

Meredith Lane


The Chase Tower in downtown Lexington has always boasted beautiful 360 degree views of Fayette County, especially on the top level.  I often went to the legendary Lafayette Club, a private lunch and dinner club, with my parents as a child and then to Baker’s 360, a restaurant and nightclub, as a twentysomething.  I hadn’t been in the space for several years and was so excited to see how it has beautifully transformed into The Mane on Main.

“The space looks completely different than it did on day one,” said Heather Martin, the venue coordinator of The Mane on Main which is run by Dupree Catering + Events.

“The goal was to develop a space that is open and inviting so we can work with clients to make their visions come to life."

"Walls were torn down to maximize the space. And we warmed things up with a beautiful bar, a fresh, neutral palette and a feel that is both urban and yet still distinctly Lexington. The leather-stained concrete floors perfectly compliment the stone accent walls.”

Located on the 15th floor, the panoramic skyline view of the city is unlike any other venue in Lexington. “Our goal is to finally combine our catering and its amazing 30+ year reputation with a beautiful downtown venue,” Dupree owner Tom Evans said. “Whether it’s wedding receptions, birthday and anniversary celebrations, corporate luncheons and dinners, cocktail parties, non-profit galas or business meetings, we want The Mane on Main to be a top choice for people who want an exceptional and memorable experience.”

The stunning space is window-lined and has up to three meeting areas: The West Room, East Room and Lexington Room. Each space has a different feel and setup, and can be used separately or combined. Depending on the size and needs of each group, the venue can host more than one event simultaneously.  The Mane on Main can accommodate anywhere from 20 - 450 people.  With more than 8,000 square feet of event space, there are many options.

Dupree Catering + Events is known as one of the city’s top caterers. Whether it’s blue jeans or black tie, Dupree’s food is prepared by hand, from scratch, using the best farm-to-table ingredients available–and always served with gracious hospitality. “Business was continuing to grow so we were seeking a larger kitchen when we came across the space in the Chase Bank building,” Tom Evans said. “The kitchen was just what what we needed and happened to be attached to a fabulous space. Having this venue allows us to now have one more unique place to offer our catering services.”

Evans says the venue is special because of the opportunities it will bring. “We are very excited to host private parties but are looking to do much more. Having The Mane will allow us to host many non-profit and fundraising events for the organizations who do so many great things for our community.” The group also plans to create their own “Mane Events” like wine pairing dinners and holiday celebrations that will be open to the public.  Visit to join the mailing list and stay in the know about upcoming events. •