Sourced from Dubois County Free Press
The Big Woop: a half pound of beef topped with a slice of fried bologna topped with a fried egg hot off the grill and dressed however you like.
That’s the specialty sandwich you can pick up at Woopenheimer’s in Haysville.
If that’s too much food, there’s always the Little Woop. It’s only a quarter pound of beef.
Who’s a Woopenheimer you ask? Good luck searching through genealogical charts at the Jasper Library, seems it’s simply a made up name.
According to Lucy Grimes, the new co-owner of the restaurant formerly known as Bubba’s, it was just one of those things that happen. One day her dad Kenny Braun and his friend Carl Gibson were horsing around. “Among some other choice words, Carl just said, ‘well, you look like a Woopenheimer,’” she explained.
Kenny, who regularly crossed the White River Bridge to stop in at Bubba’s with his daughter in tow, became Woopenheimer. He passed away in 2013 but the name came in handy when Lucy, 43, and her husband Brandon, 41, decided to purchase the restaurant a few months ago.
“When we were starting to talk about buying the place, someone asked me what I would name it and I just said, ‘Woopenheimers,’” Lucy said. “And, it just kinda stuck.”
You can probably surmise how The Big and Little Woops were named and again, the recipe comes from Lucy’s dad.
“My dad used to eat his hamburgers with cheese, fried hotdog and fried egg,” she said. “We made it fried bologna and we can cook the egg hard or runny.”
Lucy has known she wanted to run a restaurant for a long time. The couple have been together for 14 years. “Throughout it all, she has always said she wanted to own a diner,” Brandon said.
After 20 years in a factory, she was let go and started working at the Haysville restaurant on the weekend. Then, when Bubba decided he was going to close or sell the business, Lucy and Brandon stepped up and decided to give it a go.
“It would have been sad to see it go because it’s all that Haysville has,” she explained.
They couple did some renovations to the restaurant and added a family dining area. A patio dining area is planned in the near future.
They added a few items to the menu like fried pickles and got rid of a flat-iron steak sandwich Bubba served. “We added a couple things and got rid of a couple minor things, nothing major,” Lucy said.
The Woops are popular but Lucy’s fried chicken eclipses them. A menu can be seen here.
Since opening in mid-July, the couple has been busy. So busy, Carl Gibson, the same one that called her dad Woopenheimer, has agreed to give them some space on his neighboring property for customer parking.
“There have been a lot of new faces in here since we opened,” Lucy said. “I love hearing the stories from the people that come in.”
While Lucy does the cooking and managing the restaurant, Brandon, who has a full-time job at Crane Naval Base, fills in the gaps and also operates all the company’s marketing and online presence.
“It has been great hearing how everyone is so happy with the service and the food,” he added.
Lucy agreed. “We want people to feel like they matter when they come to our restaurant,” she said.
Woopenheimer’s, 451 West Haysville Road, is open every day of the week at 10 a.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays they close at 10 p.m.; Fridays and Saturdays they close at midnight; and Sundays and Mondays they close at 7 p.m.
A grand opening celebration is planned for the weekend after Strassenfest.
Despite the fleur-de-lis found in their logo, the Grimes want to clear the air about something.
“We aren’t Saints fans,” Lucy said.
“Let’s put that to bed right now,” Brandon laughed.
“Yeah, we are big Colts fans,” Lucy agreed.