Woody’s Roadhouse Closes Months After Opening in Woodbury

The former Throwbacks location has closed, according to the Woody’s website.

Just months after it reopened with a new concept but some of the same themes, Woody’s Roadhouse has closed, according to neighbors and its website.

Woody’s was formerly , and under the change looked to become more of a restaurant than a bar.

The website does not say the reason why it closed.

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Kris Janisch August 16, 2012 at 02:14 PM
People were asking how many different restaurants have been in this space over the past decade. I tried this before when Woody's opened. So it's Woody's, Throwbacks, Ole Mexico...
Rick Rock August 16, 2012 at 02:34 PM
Dont forget Purple People Eatery and Majors.. Aparently you cant just throw some old wagon wheels or Vikings paraphanalia up on the walls and people believe its 'all new and improved' Now if someone went in, gutted it, and came up with a true remodel with a Tavern-style patio bar that doesnt look out on to a major thoroughfare it might have a shot...
Kris Janisch August 16, 2012 at 02:37 PM
Right, thanks Rick. Yeah, I wonder why that spot can't hold a restaurant. The access isn't great but it does have good visibility. And it wasn't my first choice for a beer or a bite, but the parking lot always seemed busy in general.
Brian Buche August 16, 2012 at 02:46 PM
angry because I bought a groupon that I never got to use.......
Kris Janisch August 16, 2012 at 02:49 PM
That's too bad Brian. I had a couple people on our Facebook page say they had fantasy football drafts scheduled there too.
Amelia August 16, 2012 at 03:24 PM
I believe Groupon will reimburse you.
Pam K August 16, 2012 at 08:15 PM
Did you buy your groupon with a visa cc? My parents had a gift cert for that place when it was the Purple People Eatery. It closed about a month after receiving the gift cert so they called visa. Visa returned their money to them because they received no services (they actually credited the person who gave the gift and then they passed on the cash). That's one of the benefits of using a visa. There was a technicality about whether the company filed for bankruptcy or not and it worked out in my parents' favor. You might want to check into it as well. You never know!
Mandy Dwyer August 16, 2012 at 08:57 PM
Groupon is really good about refunding money for a variety of reasons. Shoot them a message, I bet they'll take care of it.
andrew knack August 17, 2012 at 01:10 AM
Rick stock is my hero. My favorite was ol' mexico the "dose". And dueling piano comedians with friends. And a Guy Nick named Phil?
Scott H August 17, 2012 at 02:14 PM
I heard the rent was about 45 grand per month.....add a liquor license and local taxes, that place would have to be packed 24/7 to make any money.
Dominique Villaume August 17, 2012 at 02:23 PM
It appears to me the building is too big and overhead to much to make it go. Also bad reputation. That plot of land needs to be torn down and updated
Dave August 17, 2012 at 02:35 PM
Each failed business has claimed to offer a new concept, but all they've really changed is the decor. I'd love to see a Dave & Buster's open there. Adult arcade games, rewards program, great food, drink and the support of a franchise to help it through it's launch.
Brian Buche August 17, 2012 at 02:39 PM
how about a cheesecake factory on this side of town or a texas roadhouse. I think they need a chain restaurant that can survive the ups and downs of the economy and has brand recognition that will get people in the door. The big electrical box in the front driveway has to go also.
Joe August 17, 2012 at 04:33 PM
The place was HORRIBLE.... food sucked, service sucked and by the look of the trash all over the front entry and the parking lot the management didn't give a crap either. If your front entry way looks like a dumpster area, what would you think the kitchen looked like...... REALLY People....
Simon D August 17, 2012 at 04:58 PM
Just had a groupon offer come to my inbox a half hour ago for a Woody's Roadhouse certificate.
Just Sayin August 17, 2012 at 05:21 PM
I believe the concept was solid, one of the best beer selections in Woodbury and at the beginning they had a very talented chef and gm. I heard that they just ran out of money and couldn't survive the drought of a summer. Personally I think the change-over from Throwbacks to Woodys was to fast.
Brittany August 19, 2012 at 11:25 PM
Just sayin is definitely one of the managers or workers of Woodys ahahahaha
ImJustSaying August 20, 2012 at 04:50 PM
Brittany... I had no involvement in WR. I did serve in college but thats the extent of my experience. I consider myself a bit of a foodie and all I was trying to say is that we finally had a restaurant in Woodbury that had flavor in their food. I definately don't think it was a great restaurant but it had potential. I guess I'll have to keep driving to St. Paul to get a decent meal..
Justin August 21, 2012 at 04:32 AM
I agree I think that wr had a great concept but just bad timing and some unfortunate and unlucky times. They had easily the best steak, ribs, and cheese curds this side of the cities.
Matthew Johnson August 21, 2012 at 03:39 PM
I think we need a 3rd Applebee's or maybe another Caribou.. how about an Applebee's that proudly serves Caribou.. I might be onto something!
Kris Janisch August 21, 2012 at 03:49 PM
Brittany August 21, 2012 at 11:54 PM
okay now that i can agree with!
Brittany August 21, 2012 at 11:55 PM
definitely agree with either of those 2 as sucessful restaurant ideas in woodbury!
Adela Peskorz August 22, 2012 at 02:37 AM
Just an update on Groupon: I had forgotten I'd bought one and got an email today acknowledging the closing and guiding me through the refund process, which was quick and easy, so the company was very responsible and current on this issue. And I'm going to hold out hope that an independent restaurant (or even a food truck!) of the caliber and quality of the Minneapolis options eventually expands out this way. There are some decent options locally but nothing that transcends dining into an experience like the really great ones do. I'm still mourning the loss of Aperitif (the closest we had here) and after seeing (through pictures on this site) how the extraordinary murals and decor were stripped out into such a generic alternative, I just can't go back to that space, even with the rave reviews I've seen posted. Hope the Groupon info helps.
Tammy Baierl August 25, 2012 at 01:53 AM
I purchased one of the Groupons and used it. We thought the food was very good but they desperately needed to bring down the temperature in the restaurant the day we were there. There was no air movement at all. I had a feeling that day that it wasn't going to succeed.
Sara O'Shea August 28, 2012 at 10:15 PM
I worked there. I was out of town on vacation when it closed. This is how I am learning about the closing of the restaurant. A manager sent out an email about "unfortunate events" I replied asking what was going on. And got no response. I'm way pissed about it but not surprised. This lack of professionalism reflects the poor management of the restaurant. All 3 head chefs quit. Most servers and bartenders 50% I'd say quit before it closed. I feel bad the owner Sunny is a really nice guy and I'm sure he just got fucked in the whole thing. Servers had just pointless training before it opened. They tried to do far too much within a month. They recently changed the menu before it closed and when people would ask me what's good it was hard to make something up. It still had good food for bar food but not good enough to draw people away from even applebees. Burgers were now frozen, they took all the best things off the menu. A "steakhouse" with only 3 steaks. Come on. The restaurant is not visible, it has a horrible layout, it's far too big for any independently owned restaurant to be successful. Servers get slammed super easily because of the terrible layout. I totally agree they need a chain to survive there.
Sara O'Shea August 28, 2012 at 10:16 PM
The building is cursed. It either needs a chain to pull it out or tear it down. It was promising at first but all employees quickly saw big signs of failure early on. I still have received no response from management there. And I'm not the only one. A coworker said the same thing. I've got two checks there of money I'm sure I'll never see.
Kerry Bongers September 05, 2012 at 05:03 PM
Sara, im looking for some info about who the owner of woodys is. in your comment above you say his name is Sunny. could you tell me what his last name is. i was injured by the broken door on Sat July 21 and have tried several time and left several messages for the manager and no one has responded to any of my calls or mail i sent to them about my medical bills. any help would be greatly appreaciated. Kerry


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