New Bar/Restaurant Set to Open in Former Woody’s Roadhouse

Cowboy Jack’s is going in at the location, which has seen a steady rotation of restaurants over the years.

Renovations are underway at the former Woody’s Roadhouse in Woodbury, where crews are turning the space into a Cowboy Jack’s.

The renovation only began recently, said Jesi Mosny, marketing director for the After Midnight Group, the holding company for Cowboy Jack’s. An opening date hasn’t been set, she said.

Once complete, the space will have a “down-home feeling,” Mosny told Patch on Thursday. “That local place where everybody feels comfortable.”

The space—at 1690 Woodlane Drive—has seen several restaurant fail there; Woody’s lasted only four months before it closed.

      Related: Woody’s Roadhouse Closes Months After Opening in Woodbury

Asked about that situation and how Cowboy Jack’s plans to succeed, Mosny pointed to a diverse customer demographic.

“We don't just cater to one type of person, but rather to everyone,” she said. “We work very hard to create a very inviting and comfortable environment, whether you have a business lunch, a birthday party, dinner with your family, drinks at our bar … We want everyone to feel comfortable and welcome. That includes providing great customer service.  We work incredibly hard to find your next favorite server or bartender. Our customers are our friends, our family. We take great pride in the lasting relationships we create.”

She said Cowboy Jack’s will be involved in the community.

“We don't want to just open a restaurant in Woodbury, we want to become a part of the community in Woodbury,” Monsy said. “From supporting high school sports programs, raising money for the Special Olympics, or supporting a local benefit for your neighbor. We are heavily involved with the communities in which we are apart of. “

Cowboy Jack’s will feature plenty of comfort food, Mosny said, noting in particular meatloaf and potpie.

“Things that make you feel warm and fuzzy,” she said.

Cowboy Jacks will also have nightly specials, a gluten-free menu, a brunch menu, kids menu and live music.

“We provide a fun lively environment and serve mouth-watering entrees, which include braised chicken, gourmet burgers, potpies, soups/salads, steaks, seafood and, of course, desserts,” Monsy said. “We are always working to improve our menu to fit our guests needs and take great pride in our food. We are proud of the fact that almost all of our food is made in house from scratch.”

For more information, visit the After Midnight Group's website.


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Kris Janisch October 19, 2012 at 07:01 PM
Talked to someone today who said Cowboy Jack's is awesome. And with a more known quantity, rather than an independent, maybe that will help.
Betsy Jilk Golden October 20, 2012 at 01:23 AM
According to our server at the Roseville location, it closed due to difficulty working with the Woodbury City Council. Specifically, an ordinance that requires a certain percentage of food over liquor sales? They were both owned by the same family.
Betsy Jilk Golden October 20, 2012 at 01:24 AM
Yes, they were both owned by the same family!
Don October 20, 2012 at 05:56 PM
I've lived in Woodbury since '91 and my memories of that location are sparse, as I've only been there a handful of times in its many carnations. Maybe once when it was 'Ol Mexico. I remember singing karoake there a time or two in the early 2000's. Went in a couple of times when the former Viking "owned" it. It was clear that version wasn't going to work because they were trying to convince people that one side was high-end dining (e.g., $50/plate meals) while the bar area was burgers and fries. Another set of owners tried to turn it into a club late nights in and around the weekend. Will this new version work? Who knows, but I'm sure me and the missus will stop in and check it out at least once.
Don October 20, 2012 at 05:59 PM
...carnations = incarnations
Ed Weingartner October 21, 2012 at 03:25 PM
It closed because its vile attempt at Mexican food was just awful. Las Margaritas beats everyone hands-down.
Dixie October 22, 2012 at 03:55 PM
Ugh, say it isn't so! Isn't there already a cowboy restaurant in Woodbury? Is more than one necessary?
Kris Janisch October 22, 2012 at 09:53 PM
Woody's kind of had a western theme too. Surprised they're gutting it as much as they are.
HAASE October 28, 2012 at 08:54 PM
As a employee of the after midnight group I ask that everybody come on out when we open and let us show you what makes us a unique yet familiar place to come and enjoy great food and great people. Also please hold us to high standards because we take pride in holding ourselves to the highest standards, so please wait untill were open to decide on what you think.
Jordan October 28, 2012 at 11:00 PM
Not very smart to gut this place over and over and expect better results. I give this a 10% chance at surviving over 2 years. Why not leave the restaurant how it was and If it generates a profit start remodeling piece by piece.
Ryan keapproth October 28, 2012 at 11:14 PM
HAASE I think its really less of a point of whether you have a great dining experience as much as it is about not being able to afford the place and pay the bills within the confines of the WCC ordinace about the ratio of food sales to liquor sales. I have worked in that location before, and it is a constant struggle. Honestly, I believe they need to put in a bowling alley or strip club...
Kris Janisch October 29, 2012 at 01:30 PM
Do you guys have a target date for opening Haase?
S November 01, 2012 at 12:01 PM
I think Cowboy Jack’s is going to make it and stick around fo a long time. I've been to thier Mpls location and the food and atmosphere is great.
B November 01, 2012 at 01:38 PM
Does this mean I can wear my cowboy hat...lol :)
Kris Janisch November 01, 2012 at 01:39 PM
Good to hear S.
B November 01, 2012 at 02:07 PM
do they play country music?
Kris Janisch November 01, 2012 at 02:15 PM
I can only hope the answer, B, is a resounding Truck Yeah. (I like that song.)
HAASE November 02, 2012 at 09:05 PM
Not yet
HAASE November 02, 2012 at 09:07 PM
Country music all the time.
Kris Janisch November 02, 2012 at 09:07 PM
Got it Haase, be sure to let me know when you're getting close and I'll head over and do a followup.
Jason Sjolander November 07, 2012 at 03:10 AM
Surely will fail. 90% of city residents dislike country. The entrance to the lot is horrid. Having the red roof inn next door is a huge turnoff for Woodbury residents who do not reside near this location. Ummm what else.....the one thing their spokesperson (who couldn't sound anymore like a commercial) actually had a good thought about was getting involved in the community...this will help. Age group of 21-30 is still looking for good live music, drink specials, and decent food. Also if your aiming at a Thanksgiving open date a huge population group will be returning from college and figures to be wanting to go out. Look at how well Wild Bills did. Either way hire a crew of people to go out and do some walking advertising. Get the word out WELL before you open. Multiple radio station ads, have a dj or a GOOD band come in. Best idea is to have a very low budget band/dj come in for the first few weeks out of the month and don't charge cover then on the last weekend of every month have a pretty good band come in a charge $10-$20 cover. Figure it out or will someone please put another retail store in there and succeed.
Kim Utecht Prayfrock November 08, 2012 at 06:24 PM
I'd say get the morning crew at K102 Country involved....they won some national award last week at the Country Music Awards.
Kris Janisch November 08, 2012 at 06:35 PM
Not a bad idea Kim.
Irving November 08, 2012 at 08:20 PM
I really miss Ol' Mexico, though possibly I miss being the age I was when I used to be a regular there...
Irving November 08, 2012 at 08:22 PM
Funny! Feeling a little snarky today?
Kris Janisch November 08, 2012 at 08:24 PM
Ah, just trying to have a little fun Irving.
38 YEAR WDBY RESIDENT March 14, 2013 at 06:08 PM
WAA has had Pull-tabs in several of the operations there, we were hesitant to open a site in the new restaurant until we saw what they are doing and visited their other establishments. These guys seem to be trying to do it right. We are going to open with them and are hoping that we finally have a restaurant that will be successful, yes this was the same Ol' Mexico group as the Roseville store and there were a lot of reasons that they moved out, blaming it n the city is justa cop out, they didn't want to manage two stores. Lets all get out and support all of the establishments in Woodbury and kick up your heels a little. We are shooting of early to mid April to open the pull-tab booth, so I think they will be ready. They have totally gutted the place and it will be pretty nice in there.
Kris Janisch March 14, 2013 at 06:35 PM
Excellent, thanks for the info 36!
Tiffany Tevlin April 30, 2013 at 02:14 PM
Not sure where Jason gets his statistics from but, if you look at the album charts and how well Wild Bill's is doing I would say that 90% of residents not liking country is quite high. Country is HUGE right now in all cities in all age groups, not sure why the entrance to the lot would stop people from going to a place, location and the hotel next door yes but, the way you get into a lot doesn't seem to be valid. I have an idea, maybe you should apply for a job there or open your own because you are so knowledgeable about what should be done??
Kris Janisch April 30, 2013 at 03:01 PM
Does Wild Bill's play a lot of country? I've only been in there around lunchtime and happy hour and never really noticed. I'll have an update on this place this week.


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