TRAVELERS REST, S.C. – A local couple with plans to transform a piece of Travelers Rest history into the city's newest dining establishment is one step closer to making their dream a reality.
Jim and Sandra Stroud last week announced details and renderings for Orleans, a Cajun restaurant slated to open in the old Edwards Furniture building on Main Street.
Jim, a Travelers Rest native, said he years ago envisioned opening a unique restaurant in town.
"I want a restaurant where you can celebrate the simple things in life," he said, adding that he wants "a place for the community to come together to enjoy a good meal served alongside warm hospitality."
Renderings by Elijah Ring.
The Strouds say the Cajun menu will draw inspiration from the best local provisions, changing regularly depending on the offerings of the farmers, ranchers and fishermen. Sandra, who has been with the Travelers Rest Farmers Market since its inception, said items will feature shrimp or crawfish etouffee, gumbo, boudin, oysters Bienville, oysters Rockefeller, shrimp remoulade, barbeque shrimp, red beans and rice, and much more.
Traditional Southern cooking "with all of the trimmings" will supplement the menu, which will also offer health-conscious selections, Sandra said.
To help fund the purchase of kitchen equipment, the Strouds launched a Kickstarter campaign:
Jim Stroud said they plan to host special events, including antique car and bike shows, music from local and national artists, art shows, and more. A private banquet room is also planned for parties, bridal luncheons or business meetings.
Stroud said they are about halfway through the permitting process and hope to open Orleans this fall.
To view the Orleans' Kickstarter campaign and/or to back the project, click here.
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Photo by James Richardson/Travelers Rest Tribune.