Staymaker at Journeyman Distillery
109 Generations Drive
Three Oaks, MI 49128
Contact: Bill Welter or Garrett Ragland
269.820.2050 Fax 269.820.2045
Staymaker takes its name from its location in the historic Featherbone Factory and the building's past as a production facility for corsets. A staymaker was a person who made corsets.
"People have long told us of the need for a full-service restaurant here at the distillery. With production currently at capacity on our original still, we immediately jumped at the opportunity when the northern half of building became available. Using the space as both a way to add expanded dining options and more production capacity just made sense," says owner Bill Welter.
The 125-seat restaurant offers an inventive twist on classic dishes, making use of local ingredients whenever possible. The spirit of the distillery is apparent in many of the dishes. The Detroit-style pizzas, a rectangular deep dish pizza with a unique baking method that creates a highly-caramelized crust, feature a choice of crusts made from the same grain bills that go into the distillery's Last Feather Rye and Featherbone Bourbon. The mussels are steamed in the distillery's apple cider liqueur, Old Country Goodness (O.C.G.) and the olives on the Journeyman Pizza are brined in the botanicals used to flavor Bilberry Black Hearts Gin.
"Each of our dishes has been constructed with the distillery in mind," says Executive Chef Luke Caenepeel. "Just like our spirits, the food is small-batch and artisanal." Limited portions of the menu are also available in the distillery’s tasting room.
The restaurant offers a unique dining experience with the tables overlooking the new production facility at the northern end of the building. The first and second floors have been cut out in the production area to accommodate the larger equipment, creating a vast open space. Diners can walk right up to metal railings and peer down at the distillers at work.
The renovation also includes a 500-person event space perfect for weddings and corporate meetings above the original distillery. Staymaker has its own dedicated entrances but may also be accessed through the original distillery and tasting room.
Pet friendly - yes, only on back deck of west side of building.