Florida native Russ Quam spent 16 years in the classroom teaching elementary school students. But he’s always had a passion for food.
Prior to starting his teaching career, he worked jobs that gave him experience in the restaurant and hospitality industry.
While coming from a family of educators (his wife, two brothers, sister-in-law, niece, nephew, and aunt have all been teachers), Russ’ longtime dream was to own his own restaurant.
His dream became a reality in Summer 2016 when he opened an eatery called Quam’s Schoolhouse Burgers & Grinders at 106 Main Street in Titusville.
With the help of local contractors, Russ spent tens of thousands of dollars renovating a century-old building that had recently been used as an antique store.
The restaurant’s outside is painted schoolhouse red while the interior reflects his family’s love of teaching. Walls are lined with vintage photos of old schools and shelves of antiques matching the concept.
On display in the front window is a mini-recreation of an old-fashioned classroom with wooden desks, hardback books, a large chalkboard and Old Glory in the corner.
The menu has something for every taste from a variety of creatively named burgers (The Principal, Bully, The Librarian, and Fire Drill) to sandwiches (breaded fried steak, homemade meatballs, fried chicken, and grilled three-cheese). Everything is made with fresh quality ingredients.
Orange Rocket Tip: Get the Sidewinders Fries. Unusually large-cut potatoes topped with cheese, apple smoked bacon, green onions and Quam’s signature flavored “chalk dust.”
Adding to the schoolhouse theme is how they let you know your order is ready. We don’t want to give it away. Let’s just say it might have something to do with spending time in a certain “office” when you got caught doing something bad.