LEX 530 Metropolitan Event Center

Bathed in light, LEX 530 is a new, modern urban event center in the newly revitalized River District on the east bank of the Elkhart River in downtown Elkhart, Indiana. The bright, eclectic center, located at 530 E. Lexington Avenue, has an urban vibe with eight large windows and 18-foot barreled ceilings. The event center resembles urban loft space with round duct work, track lighting and vinyl plank flooring. LEX 530 can accommodate intimate parties for as few as 15 friends in our private dining area or larger affairs in our main event room for as many as 225. Corporate events, not-for-profit galas, weddings, bridal and baby showers, or private parties are all perfectly suited for LEX 530. The event center has it’s own executive chef who utilizes a licensed commercial kitchen to create everything from the perfect breakfast to an 8-course dinner. The center’s liquor license is currently a 2-way permit which allows us to serve beer and wine at events, and allows for carry out if guests want to purchase some of Carl Tiedemann’s excellent boutique wines while they are at an event.

The LEX 530 Metropolitan Event Center is owned by Elkhart natives Carl and Emilie Tiedemann. Carl Tiedemann is the founder of the Tiedemann Group of companies which has an array of real estate, construction and wine distribution companies including Tiedemann Wines and Glenwood Cellars Wines. 


LEX 530 Management 

Lou Ann Welsh is the director of LEX 530. She is your contact if you would like information about hosting an event at LEX 530. With over 20 years experience in the hospitality industry, Lou Ann has the experience to assist you with any type of special event. She will help you define your event’s unique style and then reflect that style throughout the entire affair. As your event story unfolds from cocktail service to the last of the entertainment, your guests will be delighted with the level of hospitality provided by the team at LEX 530. We look forward to seeing you soon.

Our Location

530 East Lexington Avenue, Elkhart, Indiana, 46516

Our Team




Lou Ann Welsh
Director, LEX 530

Lou Ann Welsh is the Director of the LEX 530 Metropolitan Event Center. She brings more than 20 years of hospitality experience and management to LEX 530. Welsh’s wealth of experience includes co-owning and running Feast Banquets and Catering for 12 years with her husband. There she was in charge of sales, event planning, as well as front of the house training and management. The experience prepared Welsh well for her role as director of LEX 530. In addition to owning her company, Welsh served as an adjunct instructor at Ivy Tech Community College for five years, sharing her expertise in customer service with students in the culinary arts program. For LEX 530 Welsh hosts a weekly “Weddings with Lou Ann” podcast that provides advice on planning the perfect wedding and a twice-a-month podcast on planning successful corporate events.

Chad Coryn
Executive Chef, LEX 530

Executive Chef Chad Coryn has more than 28 years of professional culinary experience, Chad joined the LEX 530 team in early February of 2019. He graduated from Ivy Tech South Bend with an Associate’s Degree in Culinary Arts. In addition to his role at LEX 530 Chad is also an adjunct professor in the Culinary Arts program at Ivy Tech where he is currently teaching a class in soups and sauces. He has been teaching at Ivy Tech since 2014.

Chad came to LEX 530 after working at several different places throughout the area crafting meals from breakfast to fine dining. He most recently was the Executive Chef at Fat Cam’s at Garver Lake in Edwardsburg, Mich., for five years.

At LEX 530 Chad brings his incredible palate and creativity to everything he touches. His culinary creations will definitely delight guests of LEX 530. Chad enjoys simple, rustic foods such as braised short ribs with creamy polenta. He believes the most flavorful food is made simply with the highest quality, locally sourced ingredients.


Other LEX 530 Team Members


Carl & Emilie Tiedemann
Owners, LEX 530

Carl and Emilie Tiedemann developed LEX 530 in their building at 530 E. Lexington Avenue in downtown Elkhart. Carl Tiedemann is the founder of The Tiedemann Group of companies which has an array of real estate, construction and wine distribution companies including Tiedemann Wines, Glenwood Cellars Wines, FM Stone Commercial and FM Construction.


Amy Mohoney, CPA, Chief Financial Officer. Amy joined The Tiedemann Group of companies as Chief Financial Officer in April 2016. As CFO, she is responsible for overseeing the financial activities of LEX 530. 

Shanna Armstrong, Accounting Manager. Shanna joined The Tiedemann Group of companies in May 2017 as Accounting Manager. In this role she is responsible for handling accounts receivable and accounts payable, performing bank reconciliations and completing other accounting work for LEX 530. 

Melissa Hiner, Marketing & Creative Director. Melissa joined The Tiedemann Group of companies in May 2011 and has over 27 years experience as a writer, editor and graphic designer. She is in charge of developing and implementing all marketing concepts and creative direction for LEX 530. Melissa is responsible for the creation and maintenance of the LEX 530 website, newsletters, press releases, advertisements, commercials, brochures and all other marketing pieces.

Courtney Catanzarite, Social Media Director. Courtney joined The Tiedemann Group of companies in May 2018. She is in charge of social media for LEX 530 on platforms including Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. Courtney also produces podcasts for LEX 530 including Weddings With Lou Ann and other LEX 530 videos.