“Don the Barber” also cooks; opens take-out stadium on Monroe Street | Restaurants

The restaurant also serves chicken wings, chicken sandwiches, shrimp po ‘boys, cheese curds, fries and onion rings.

Part of his motivation for opening the restaurant, he said, is that other than Mickie’s Dairy Bar, there aren’t many places near his store to get food. “So, I was like, well, I’m going to bring it to myself. And the place became available.”

Woods said his family is originally from Chicago, but mainly grew up in La Crosse and lived in Wausau and Green Bay.

He cooked in restaurants before and during the barber shop, including at a strip club in Chicago, Woods said. He mainly cooked at La Crosse and Eau Claire restaurants, and also served tables, he said.

Don Woods has been cutting hair for 20 years.


Woods has four other barbers in his store and took Friday off to work in the restaurant. He said much of his restaurant business came from his barber shop customers.

The restaurant is completely different from Lorraine’s, Woods said, noting that he painted it white, red and black with a Bucky Badger mural on the wall. It has kept the same tables and chairs as well as some of the equipment from the old restaurant.

Takeaway stadium interior

Stadium Takeout opened last month in the former Lorraine.


Woods said the property is 1,100 square feet, but only part of it is the dining room, where it seats 12.

He works to have his food delivered by third-party services and has said he does as much take-out as he does catering. As the weather turns cold, more and more people are choosing to sit indoors, he said.

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