Woodruff gives a lot of credit for his success to Keith and Heather Paul, owners of Good Egg Dining Group. He said he is looking to set up his operation similar to what he observed at Tucker's, a restaurant operated by the couple at NW 23 and Walker Avenue.
“My first mentor as a chef was Cally Johnson at Boulevard Steakhouse when I was in college studying business and accounting at UCO when I was burning out,” Woodruff said. “Between my junior and senior years, I got a job at Boulevard as a chef when I asked them to give me a shot. I then worked my way to Cheever's, where I got to learn from Robert Black.”
Now, Woodruff is excited by MidTown's continued momentum. He anticipates he will draw good crowds not just from nearby St. Anthony's Hospital, but also from the Oklahoma City University Law School that will move into the old Central High School at NW 8 and Robinson Avenue.
Construction, meanwhile, is set to start in October across the street, where developer Gary Brooks will build the $36 million, 250-unit The Edge apartments.
“This district needs a breakfast stop,” Woodruff said. “We're going to be open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. six days a week.”