When you need something “fixed” at a restaurant, who gets the call? In Schuler’s case, Jim Lough is the man.
Jim has lived in Marshall for 25 years, so he now considers it home. He and his wife Sherri (to whom he’s been married for the past 38 years) live in an historic home not far from Schuler’s, and when he’s not “fixing” something at the restaurant, he works to restore that house—a seemingly never-ending task attested to by many of historic Marshall’s homeowners.
The thing he likes most about Schuler’s is that it’s a family company. “By that, I mean that, not only is the family involved in the restaurant, but they treat their employees as family members, as well,” he says. Perhaps it’s no surprise that Jim’s sons—Jeff and Jim—have worked at Schuler’s at one time or another over the years. Jim also has two daughters, Missy and Ashleigh who are no stranger to our family at Schuler’s.
Although managing the facilities at Schuler’s isn’t quite the same as construction, it doesn’t hurt to have that background when you’re responsible for maintaining and improving a decades old historic structure with multiple points of focus—the Dining Room, Winston’s Pub, the banquet and meeting rooms and kitchen, and Schuler’s administrative offices. In recent years, Jim has supervised several exciting additions and renovations to the restaurant—the Grille at Winston’s Pub (and upstairs bathrooms), the beautiful Signature Patio, and numerous kitchen upgrades come to mind.
Just as the Schuler’s mantra is “taking the best of the past and looking to the future,” Jim’s challenge is to help Schuler’s physical plant function as a modern restaurant facility, while remaining true to its heritage. In this role over the years, he’s succeeded admirably.