Frequently Asked Questions
Who does the catering and bar service?
Chowgirls Killer Catering is the exclusive caterer and bar provider for Solar Arts, and must provide all food and beverage served at the event. You are always welcome to bring in your own dessert and late night snack from any licensed baker or food vendor.
How do I book my date?
A 50% deposit of the rental fee and a refundable $500 damage deposit are due at the time of booking. 50% of the food and beverage invoice is due 90 days after booking the venue. The remaining full balance is due 10 days prior to your event date.
Will I get a chance to taste the food?
Tastings are hosted at our Tasting Parlor at 1224 2nd St NE, Minneapolis MN, not at the Solar Arts venue. Tastings are scheduled Mondays, Tuesday and Wednesdays by appointment only, limit 4 guests, and are a chef’s choice seasonal selection of items in your event’s style of service. The tasting fee is $50 per person. Please see your Event Specialist to book yours today!
What is your cancellation policy?
In the event of a cancellation, the facility deposit is non-refundable. Cancellations must be sent to Chowgirls in writing. Full payment of food and beverage minimums shall be due from Client in the event of cancellation within thirty days of the event.
Do I need insurance?
Yes, you are required to obtain event insurance. We require a $1 million general liability coverage that includes bodily injury and property damage, and needs to be filed at least 30 days prior to the event. We require proof of insurance prior to your final planning meeting and the “additional insured” needs to be listed as follows:
Solar Arts by Chowgirls
711 15th Ave NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413
Do you have on-site security?
Yes. We provide on-site security for all events with alcohol available at a rate of $80-$120/hour.
Where do my guests park?
Two paved lots are available for use during weekend events. Your guests may park in either of the two locations noted on the Solar Arts Parking Map below, as well as free street parking. Valet service is also available, and required for groups over 260 guests.
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Can our guests head downstairs to indeed for a beer?
We all appreciate a great beer, and luckily we’re just a couple of floors up from some of the best pours in the Twin Cities. If your guests decide to head downstairs for a drink, they’ll be subject to the same rules and regulations as other taproom customers, and will be asked to show proper identification, just as they will be at the event. No beverages from the third floor are allowed downstairs, and no Indeed beers from the taproom are allowed in the event space.
When can we get in to setup?
Your rental period includes 12 hours for social events. We typically see weddings held noon to midnight, including set up & tear down, however you can adjust this 12-hour period to whenever you’d like. You’re more than welcome to add time to your rental period prior to noon. The cost of additional time is $125/hour, and is billed in half hour increments.
Are candles allowed?
Yes, all candles must be contained in a fire proof vessel. Glass votives ,etc. Open flames are not allowed and candles must be unscented.
Is smoking allowed?
There is absolutely no smoking allowed inside of the Solar Arts Building. Guests must exit the building on the first floor and find a location more than 20’ from either entrance.