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November 07, 2010

Going big in Dover

When the Fergusons do something, they do it big.

The couple, who already have a number of businesses in the Dover area including Ferguson Truck and Trailer Sales, super-sized their Road Trip bar by expanding into an adjacent building and adding a full steakhouse restaurant.

Roadtrip Now called Road Trip Roadhouse and Bar, the downtown Dover restaurant is serving up steaks, blackened catfish, stuffed trout along with burgers and other traditional steakhouse menu offerings.

It now seats up to 130 and the bar's staff has been "tremendously expanded" to 26 employees to cover the restaurant.

Why did Sue and Craig Ferguson add such an ambitious project to their already long list of businesses?

"Uh.. Because we're crazy," joked Sue Ferguson.

The real story is that the Fergusons visited Manny's Original Chophouse in Haines City, Fla., and Sue realized its roadhouse decor was very similar to Dover's Road Trip Bar.

"This is more my dream. It is my baby," she says.

Besides the huge amount of work creating the restaurant and its menu, Sue Ferguson says the portion sizes are gigantic.

Options for a prime rib meal range from 12 ounces, 14 ounces and 20 ounces. A full rack of ribs weighs two pounds. Hamburgers come in at a pound or half pound of beef.

And many meals are served with "an endless" bowl of salad.


I love to see "crazy" people with an out-of-control entrepreneurial spirit. The restaurant sounds great! Best of luck to the Fergusons.

We tried it last night. It was very busy and the wait wasn't to bad. The food was excellent. The service SUCKED!! People seated after us had menus and ordered before our waitress even wandered by. We had to ask the host if we had a waitress. We may be back but if the service is that bad....

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