By L. Parsons
Winslow residents and business owners Troy and Stephanie Armstrong have a three-phase plan in action to add to Winslow’s burgeoning downtown.
Phase one is bringing a new and exciting restaurant to the area, just across the street from the Standing on a Corner Park. The menu has not been released publicly just yet, but the Armstrongs are focused on quality ingredients and unique food choices. Winslow demonstrably has a gap in eateries that are family friendly, affordable and fun. Relic Road promises to close that gap with its menu and atmosphere.
Troy Armstrong said, “We have family barbecues and get-togethers all the time and we want to bring that here.” The restaurant is slated to open in April and will feature decor the Armstrongs and their team, including General Manager Jeff Grayson, have collected in their hunts for “relics,” hence the name, Relic Road.
The space has an antique look and vibe with an updated accessibility that will welcome guests of all ages. A prominent feature is the wall of windows that face Second Street and allow visitors to look out on the Standing on a Corner Park and the sidewalks of downtown while swapping stories about the history of the street. The space directly across the street from Relic Road is a grassy area the team hopes to utilize for spring and summer events such as community picnics, games and entertainment.
Planned hours of operation are 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. every day. The restaurant will also make delivery available seven days a week, and guarantee knowledgeable, friendly service with each visit.
Phase two of the plan is an off-site production venue. It will feature the brew kettles, or coppers, that will be used to brew Relic Road beers. The site will also serve a basic menu and have a tasting room available for guests to sample the local brews. This phase will be put in motion immediately following the opening of the restaurant, which in itself will offer up to 15 taps for guest beers as well as Relic Road’s own, once available. Grayson noted, “We will have a pizza oven in the tasting room.”
Phase three as stated by Grayson, will, “Be to establish our business enough to start distributing statewide, with a few surprises up our sleeves.” Microbrewing and distribution of beer is an ever growing business these days and Relic Road wants to be a part of that. “We want to be a ‘must see’ stop for tourists, as well as a great hangout for the locals,” Grayson said.
Relic Road Brewing Company is located at 107 W. Second St. in Winslow and is gearing up for an April opening. They are also on Facebook, and invite the public to follow their page for updates and information.