Woodbine, Iowa’s prodigal sons Ross Clark and Todd Waite recently opened the doors of a new locally sourced restaurant, Roux’s.
The highly anticipated Modern American restaurant will feature craft beer from Woodbine’s own Brick Street Brewery, with a scratch kitchen serving lunch and dinner five days a week and brunch on Sunday.
Ross, the restaurant’s owner and executive chef, spent the last six years in Italian and French fine dining, most recently in the Twin Cities. Todd, the bar manager and a lifelong friend of Ross, recently relocated from St. Paul. In addition to growing up together, the men continued their friendship while attending the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls. Ross knew he wanted to work in kitchens, which led him down the path toward culinary school, while Todd joined the Peace Corps. Eventually the friends both ended up in Minnesota. When the chance arose for Ross and his wife, Jennifer, to take over a restaurant space in his hometown, the opportunity marked the beginning of a dream come true.
“I love food. I decided to return to my hometown to open Roux’s because I want to share my love of food with the people who mean the most to me,” explains Ross.
Diners at Roux’s can expect a marriage of “hometown sensibilities” with Ross’s fine dining skills. The menu will reflect a strong foundation in Midwest specialties while showcasing local food and culinary ingenuity.
“I’m thankful Roux’s is opening at a time when people are paying more attention to where the food comes from,” explains Ross. “Since returning from the Twin Cities, it’s been great to meet people like Ellen Rosman from Farm Table Delivery, and Danelle Myer, from One Farm in Logan, Iowa, which is less than 10 miles from Woodbine. People like Ellen and Danelle are proving that it’s possible to revamp our food system by making local and organic foods available in rural society.”
Roux’s is located at 501 Walker Street, Woodbine, Iowa. To learn more, visit their website at RouxsKitchen.com.
—By Summer Miller