In my hometown, there’s a very large Italian-American population. There were also a lot of freestanding banquet halld – places where someone could host a wedding reception or party – most owned by Italian-Americans.
I did some reasearch on the retail environment of various cities in the Cleveland area. In one suburb that has a very large Italian-American population, nearly a third of all commercial space under roof was in “party centers” - local vernacular for “banquet halls.”
In other cities where I’ve lived, there aren’t many banquet halls; weddings, receptions, anniversary parties, and the like are usually held in banquet rooms at hotels, not freestanding banquet centers. Those cities did’t have a large Italian-American population, though.
So, why the correlation between Italian-Americans and the presence of banquet halls?