The owners of Serendipity Road are clearing out the clothing to open a community-driven barroom and eatery.
Anna Nelson said they want to tell the stories of the creative talent working behind-the-scenes in the food and bar industry.
“They deserve a lot more recognition than they’re getting,” she said.
The website will list bios of menu contributors and share the philosophy behind their creations.
Nelson and Will Determan also own a taco bar called Maybe Later, though you likely haven’t visited — it’s in Sihanoukville, Cambodia, a beach bar in a tourist town popular with expats.
“People visit for a week, and two months later they haven’t left,” Nelson said.
The concept for Detour is completely different than their taco bar, she said, but their motivation is the same.
“Our first instinct is we want to create a place we want to be in,” she said.
They’re restoring the original floor, building window booths for people-watching, creating a steampunk design theme, and writing a small menu.
“We’ll do a few things and do them really well,” Nelson said. “Keeping it simple makes the quality so much better.”
The menu will rotate, but the recipes will be not disappear. Annual year-end recipe books will document the past year’s creations.
The restaurant is a cozy 1,300 square feet — Detour is not taking over the shuttered Milio’s spot on the corner, though the owners wish they could.
The restaurant is working to crowdfund $25,000 by Aug. 12, offering deals for free daily drinks the first month of operation.
They’re planning a late summer or early fall opening date.