GREEN After nearly four years of owning the Caston & Main Brew Yard, Ron and Sharon Robinson recently completed a major expansion and remodel at the 5010 S. Main St. location.
Ron Robsinson said in the couple years they have been open, the business has been swift and it was time to expand. The restaurant remained open for a portion of the renovations but then closed for about three months for construction to be completed.
Robinson describes Caston & Main Brew Yard as a craft beer gastropub. The improvements allowed for the restaurant to nearly double its space. Two patios were created as the parking lot was pushed out.
Dan Hickman, who was the general contractor for the project, said almost everything in the restaurant is brand new. He said the ceilings were raised and there was very little in the building which went untouched.
"Ron and Sharon work so well together," Hickman said.
A unique feature of the building is that half of the restaurant is in Green and the other half is in New Franklin. Robinson said he is really happy with the way the improvements turned out and called the restaurant a destination with a nice outdoor space.
He and his wife live nearby in New Franklin and he said when he first bought the building it was in poor condition and in need of work. Robinson said he wanted to offer a nice place for people to go with good food.
"We wanted a place we would want to go," Robinson said.
One of the biggest challenges during the renovation was keeping his key employees. He said putting the building together - considering it was in two different communities - was a challenge, but working with New Franklin and Green went really well.
"We had a really good working relationship," said Robinson. "They both were very good to us."
Robinson jokes now that it would have just been easier to build a new place instead of renovate the existing one.
Caston & Main Brew Yard offers a bar, table seating and a private room, which could be used for parties or gatherings.
Robinson said it offers great sandwiches and flatbreads. He said they strive themselves on making everything from scratch.
"We didn’t want a wildly large menu," Robinson said. "We wanted one we could control and do well with."
He said a popular item on the menu is the brew cheese pretzel bites. The menu includes tacos, salads, soups, hot bowls, sandwiches, burgers, flatbreads and desserts.
Caston & Main Brew Yard have 32 taps and more than 40 different kinds of bottled beer.
There are 15 people who work at the restaurant.
"We have a great staff," Robinson said. "They make us."
Robinson said he is really grateful for his chef, Curtis Myers, and his general manager, Brendan Gilpatric.
This year Caston & Main Brew Yard again hosted October Fest, which is a fundraiser for the Green YMCA. Robinson said it also hosted local schools often for fundraisers.
Caston & Main Brew Yard is open Tuesday through Thursday 4 p.m. to 11 p.m., Friday 4 p.m. to 12:30 a.m., Saturday 12 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Every Sunday there is a brunch from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Robinson said the brunch is very popular.