This spring, while businesses around Michigan were closed due to COVID-19, the staff at Schuler’s Restaurant in downtown historic Marshall took advantage of the down time (in between offering take out, take n bake and delivery meals from its classic menu) to make some exciting renovations inside Winston’s Pub.
Old vinyl floor tiles were replaced, the ceilings were painted and the intimate two-person booths were moved from the center of the room to the outside wall. Elevated stage areas were removed and the wall between the Pub and the main dining room was opened up, which allows guests to see across both rooms. At the far end of the Pub, railings were removed and spaces opened to allow better traffic flow into the Grille Room or out to the Patio area. At the bar, the draft system was also amped up, doubling its number of tap handles and an enhanced selection of local craft beer, cider and sangria.
“Taking on such big changes during our regular operations would have been disruptive to our staff and guests, so while we were on state-mandated closure, we looked at how we could freshen up our space and give it a more open feel,” says Sue Damron, who became the restaurant’s owner in November 2019. “In the end, we were able to create a more open environment and a melding of our seating spaces.”
And speaking of food, as Schuler’s looks toward its future there is a growing effort to combine the menu offerings between the various unique dining spaces. Pub favorites like the Winston’s Burger, Winston’s French Dip and Corned Beef Reuben are no longer limited to just that specific dining space while long-standing Centennial Room items like Classic Roast Prime Rib, Lake Superior Whitefish and Salmon Portofino can now be ordered in the more casual spaces (including the Patio).
“We really want our guests to customize their experience from the food to the space, without being limited on what they eat based on where they’re sitting” says Joe Caron, Sales & Marketing Manager. “These new renovations not only allow for that, but they have helped transform Schuler’s so we are able to operate at an optimum and safe level when it comes to our award-winning hospitality and customer service.”
The various Pub projects took about three weeks to complete, with Sue’s family joining in the effort under direction of Jim Lough, Schuler’s Facilities Manager, who is also a licensed contractor.
Over the past five years, Schuler’s has made ongoing strides to keep its spaces fresh and modern. In 2015, a new oven was installed in the bakery, a pergola and grill station were added to the Patio, and the Heritage rooms were renovated with new wall coverings and décor. The following year, Schuler’s totally revamped its reception and retail space with a new floorplan, light fixtures and carpet, as well as adding new equipment in the Pub kitchen.
If it has been a while since you’ve visited, we invite you and your family to come see us and all the changes we’ve made here at Schuler’s. We think you’ll like them!