Broken Rocks Café & Bakery has a background story that is as good as the food.
Glen Grumbling, who owns the popular Wooster restaurant with his wife Lisa, got a post-college dish job to help pay the bills. Lisa also worked in the restaurant industry. The rest, as they say, is history.
“I worked in a restaurant and did the dishes and eventually I got into bread,” Grumbling said. “Then I made the bread for that restaurant.”
The Grumblings took a leap of faith and opened Broken Rocks Café & Bakery in Loudonville in 2000. The name came from a small town in Michigan, where they were married. It was also where Glen collected the wild grapes he used to perfect his sourdough bread.
In 2007, they moved to their current location in Wooster, located in the building that used to house Pierce’s Sporting Goods. In 2014, they added Rox Gastropub next door.
“The entire building (in Loudonville) would fit in our current dining room,” Glen said. “It was much smaller. We maxed out at 40 places and did not serve alcohol. There was no liquor permit there.”
Broken Rocks is known for its European-style bread and also has a wide range of dining options, from pizza to pasta, soups, salads and sandwiches. Meals are prepared fresh every day with local ingredients. There is also a full bar.
“We have a little bit of everything,” Glen said. “It is good service, good food and a good atmosphere. If you do not have all that, if you do not hit all those notes, you just will not be this long. “
So what are Glen’s favorite items on the menu?
“People ask me, ‘What would you get?'” He said. “I like to get seasonal items that come and go. Right now we are working on the asparagus pizza. Such things only draw me back year after year. I like all dishes, but the ones I want to eat are the ones that are in season. ”
The Wooster Area Chamber of Commerce recently named Broken Rocks the winner of the 2021 Small Business of the Year (more than 15 employees).
It has not always been easy to run a restaurant, and it was especially difficult during the pandemic shutdown. However, Grumblings has a recipe for success that has stood the test of time. They work hard, treat customers and employees well and know how to make good food.
Broken Rocks Café & Bakery Quick facts:
Address: 123 E. Liberty Street, Wooster, OH 44691
Saturday 9: 30–21: 00
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