ReGrow Dining Spotlight
Rudy’s Redeye Grill
Bill Foussard, Owner
An asset to the Community; a Hub where people gather; Listening to the guests; Constant Improvement; Restaurants working in unity. These are some of the values that guide Bill Foussard, owner of Rudy’s within the White Bear Country Inn. You can now add “safety” to that list. Making safety of his staff and guests a top priority, Bill has recently invested heavily in modern, and proven, LED-UV Blue Light technology in both his air and pool filtration systems. “We’re working really hard to keep team members and guests safe”, says Bill.
Foussard purchased the Country Inn by Carlson in 2000 and soon after switched affiliation to Best Western. Rudy’s opened in 2003, with those aforementioned values being a top priority for him. The Event Space was overhauled in 2002, making the space much more attractive, functional and welcoming. Early on Bill saw the need for more outdoor dining in the area and Rudy’s rooftop opened in 2010. It has been a popular outdoor gathering spot for Twin Cities’ diners from day one. GM Paula Colucci and Executive Chef/GM Brian Schaeffer are proud of the expansive menu – on the rooftop as well in the main restaurant. “Our kitchen is 95% scratch food, and we offer decent portions at reasonable prices” says Brian with pride. And of course, what visit is complete without at least one “Rudytini”!
Bill lives by his value of “asset to the community” every day of the year. Senior Picnic, Thanksgiving Meals on Wheels, Dinner with Santa for area Seniors are just some of the events Bill and his team generously contribute to throughout the year. “Customers are a Blessing”, says Bill.
The restaurant has been seeing an uptick in business lately with the ReGrow WBL Dining efforts. Like many, they are also upgrading their online Take-Out ordering capabilities and hope to have their new platform ready to go this fall.
This article written by Ken Galloway, and originally featured in the White Bear Press.