It's no secret that the restaurant business isn't for the faint of heart. More often than not, the folks who tough it out year after year to save for their own spot do it for passion. They are passionate about food and passionate about bringing people together over food.
Sam and Dan at the St. Thomas Roadhouse are such people. They both spent years in the industry before the opportunity came up to purchase a restaurant. This opportunity also brought them home to St. Thomas; it brought them a community. They love seeing so many familiar faces at the tables and names on take-out orders.
Even while many things have been challenging this last year, the way folks have poured out in the #supportlocal spirit has been heartwarming for Sam and Dan, their families, and staff. It has helped throughout the hurdles the last year has put up, from navigating protocol changes and PPE implementation to boosting mental health. Restaurant staff are family to Sam and Dan, and they recognize and value their team and those who have come out to support them this year.
Through the Downtown Development Board's Pop-Up Patio program, The St. Thomas Roadhouse was able to expand dining capacity with a patio out front in addition to their parking lot area behind their restaurant in 2020 to help them navigate the unfolding changes to protocols. This program helped bring some new vibrancy to the downtown and offered the added personal interaction Sam and Dan love so much about owning a restaurant. They love getting to know their guests and strengthening that ever-important community bond.
Sam and Dan invite you to be a part of their family and enjoy a meal at the St. Thomas Roadhouse. Bring your family, watch a game, or even host an event. They have an extensive menu to chose from but offer a few suggestions to get you started! I often ask for my server's menu favourites when so many things sound and smell amazing. The approach hasn't let me down yet.
Written by Sarah from the Elgin/St. Thomas Small Business Enterprise Centre
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