Bringing it back to life: Mitchell natives reviving vacant Ramada conference center into wedding, event venue

The venue is set to open in June 2023

Shown here is the Ramada Hotel and Conference Center in Mitchell, located at 1525 W. Havens Ave.
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MITCHELL — Nearly a year has passed since the Ramada Conference Center closed and left a hole in Mitchell’s available wedding reception sites.

That’s about to change. The venue that’s provided decades of special memories for Mitchell area couples tying the knot is coming back to life in 2023.

A young duo is poised to revive the Ramada Conference Center and usher in a new era of weddings and special events. Mitchell natives Melissa Tuttle and Brooke Stransky are teaming up to bring the Ramada’s event space back to life after buying the building.

“I’m so excited to be bringing a beautiful option to the Mitchell community. With being a part of hundreds of weddings and events, I’m able to bring my expertise and knowledge to the Mitchell community,” Tuttle said.

Hosting weddings and special occasions isn’t new to Tuttle and Stransky. In the Sioux Falls area, Tuttle has been putting weddings on at a venue in Tea through her business, Prairie View Event Hall.


As a Mitchell native, Tuttle has had her sights set on expanding into her hometown. The Ramada Conference Center becoming available presented what the duo call a “perfect opportunity” to bring her wedding and event business to Mitchell.

The venue will open for weddings and events in June, with tours of the new-look facility beginning in March.

With plans to transform the former hotel portion of the Ramada into apartments, the addition of the wedding and event venue inside the conference center is breathing life back into the building that’s been a fixture on the west side of Mitchell for over five decades.

In addition to the wedding and event venue, Stransky will be operating the wedding planning business the two own called Plan to Plan Weddings.

The building also came with a bar, kitchen, utensils and restaurant, formerly known as Rebel Rooster. As Stransky put it, “It’s not very often you see a turn-key wedding venue on the market.”

“We both grew up here. Every year we work events and weddings and fall more in love with them. This is such a perfect addition to our already successful businesses. We are so excited to offer this to the Mitchell community,” Stransky said. “Everything just fell into place.”

Tuttle and Stransky are planning to open the bar attached to the building in February, instead of keeping it exclusive to weddings and events. The building also came with a liquor license, which can be a major challenge due to the limited amount Mitchell has to offer.

After the Ramada Conference Center shut down in early 2022, couples were left with less than a handful of wedding options in Mitchell to choose from.


But the once popular Ramada venue will be back in action in 2023 under new owners who are eager to usher in a new era.

Sam Fosness joined the Mitchell Republic in May 2018. He was raised in Mitchell, S.D., and graduated from Mitchell High School. He continued his education at the University of South Dakota in Vermillion, where he graduated in 2020 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a minor in English. During his time in college, Fosness worked as a news and sports reporter for The Volante newspaper.
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