Closed since late March, Club Hood reopened Aug. 3 with a renovated kitchen and a new air conditioning unit that officially makes it the coolest place on Fort Hood.

While one might think the coronavirus played a role in the timing of the closing and reopening, the facility was actually scheduled to close for repairs this past spring anyway, said Kristine Hurley, Business Manager for Club Hood Catering and Conference Center.

Though the facility is open and ready for business, General Order No. 1 restricts Club Hood to 50 percent capacity, and masks must be worn unless eating.

“So far, we can’t have any crowds larger than 500 people,” Hurley said. But that still leaves plenty of room for unit training and other events, if needed.

“Right now, we can accommodate up to 200 people in our Grande Ballroom for a theater style set up in the ballroom,” Hurley said. “That is if a unit or a company wants to have training or class or something like that.”

The rooms will also be set up with seats six feet apart to maintain social distancing.

A new air conditioning unit was installed, several of the other smaller rooms received a fresh coat of paint and the kitchen had a new floor installed.

With the opening of the kitchen, full catering services are now once again available at the facility as well.

“Along with Club Hood, we have Sam Adams that is open on Thursdays and Fridays,” Hurley said. “We are looking forward to opening on Saturdays, but not right now.”

Samuel Adams Brewhouse is open Thursdays 4:30-9 p.m. and Friday 2-9 p.m. It is also available for smaller training events and gatherings with a reduced capacity of no more than 100 people, according to Hurley.

The Club Hood staff is looking forward to seeing Soldiers back in the building.

“What we are working on now is to reach out to everyone and tell them that we are open, and that we are looking forward to having them back,” she said.