Woody’s is back: Rose Creek diner to reopen with new atmosphere, namePublished 10:41am Monday, February 25, 2013
The doors to a hotspot in Rose Creek have been closed since Jan. 9, but those hoping to get back inside won’t have to wait too long if all goes well.Steele
Tom and Mary Graff, and Curt and Rita Srock, purchased the former Woody’s building along with its adjacent lots on Monday, Feb. 11, and they hope to be back open by mid-April. Tom mentioned a lot of structural repairs, cleaning and wiring that need to be done, but he has a new and bigger vision for the former bar, run by Joe and Nancy Coffman for the past five years.
The building will look similar; however, the owners will build a separate, private dining room for parties. Tom emphasized he wants to focus on clean atmosphere and good food.
“We’re going to upgrade the whole menu,” Tom said. “We’re going to serve good steak and good shrimp, beside good hamburgers that it has been known for.”
Tom mentioned basing the business appearance and feel on the local things and using themes such as the Southland Rebels.
The news is good for those who lost or are looking for jobs, too, as the owners will have to add several people to the staff.
“We’re going to have to put some people on staff: cooks, a bar manager, bartenders, waitresses,” Tom said.
Furthermore, Tom wants to start both adult and youth volleyball leagues with prizes.
The biggest uncertainty at this point is the name of the new business, but the owners want to make it fun and open that decision to a public contest. The owners will choose the best name, and whoever comes up with that name will win prizes, as well.
“That hopefully will get the community involved right away,” Tom said.