To some people here, he’s Ross Clark, while others call him by his childhood nickname, “Rosseroo.” I know him as the man who created one of my favorite places to grab lunch in western Iowa. Ross left Woodbine and graduated from the prestigious culinary school Le Cordon Bleu in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Eventually, he brought his skills back to his hometown and the people he loves. Thus, Roux’s was born.
Along with his childhood friend and fellow Woodbine native, Todd Waite, Ross bought a storefront in a historic building on Main Street and renovated it into his dream restaurant. Friends and local artists made the art that decorate the walls of the café, and large wrap-around windows provide a view of the entire downtown of this 1,500-person town.
The restaurant’s décor is not the only thing that is fresh and innovative, however. Ross uses the freshest ingredients he can find in his dishes.
Todd’s and Ross’s philosophy is that everything comes full circle. Roux’s does its best to buy ingredients from local farmers, many of whom frequent the restaurant. Every time I have gone to Roux’s, it has been full of people of all ages and professions enjoying their meals and each other’s company.
“I want to do what I love, where I love,” Ross said. “I love Woodbine, and I love this place [Roux’s.]”
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