A business that kept one area entrepreneur on the road and away from home led to his desire to open the Fremont area’s newest roadhouse.
Adam and Jamie Doty opened Amy Lynne’s Roadhouse Dec. 9 on Highway 30 between Fremont and Ames.
Adam Doty grew up in the Westgate area, his family owned a modular home business, and he himself runs a successful garage door business, Big A Doors, in North Bend. Doty said he grew up seeing the location of the Roadhouse as a number of different restaurants.
With his garage door business, Doty said he spent a lot of time on the road away from his wife and kids. He could make it home for the weekends, but often missed baseball games and other family activities.
Weary of the life away, Doty decided he was at a time in his life where he had enough saved to invest in a business that would keep him home -- or at least close enough that his kids could drop in to see him at work.
Serendipitously the location of the old restaurant was for sale and Doty decided to take his shot.
“Adam’s an entrepreneur, he likes to do his own thing,” said Jamie Doty.
The roadhouse is named after Adam Doty’s younger sister, Amy Lynne, who in 2001 was involved in a fatal car accident.
“I always wanted to name it after her, it was something we wanted to do,” Adam Doty said.
Having acquired the building, Doty spent 70 hours a week for three months getting the building ready to open.
Although he doesn’t have a background in the restaurant business, Doty has staffed the restaurant with an experienced staff and chef.
Amy Lynne’s Roadhouse is licensed to serve certified Angus Beef. The menu features classics: prime rib, ribeye steaks and smoked ribs and chicken. It also features appetizers like whole chicken wings, prime steak bits and bacon wrapped shrimp.
The Roadhouse Nachos, practically a meal within itself, are made with fresh homemade tortilla chips, brisket, cheeses, black beans, corn and house salsa. Additionally, all the sauces and salsa are freshly made using Doty’s recipe.
Doty believes the roadhouse will give other restaurants in the area a run for their money for another classic dish.
“Our cook is absolutely known for his chicken fried steaks,” Adam Doty said. “People say it is the best they’ve had.”
With an on-site smoker for brisket, pulled pork and chicken – and fresh cornbread for every table, Doty said customers leave satisfied.
“When you leave here you will be full,” said Doty.
Although the roadhouse does not yet have a liquor license, Doty said he expects it will be the end of the month.
Doty said diving into the restaurant business has been a new experience, but he believes the staff, atmosphere and food will lead to a successful future.
“We’re a family atmosphere. It’s laid back yet nice food,” he said. “If you’re off work and you want to come by and eat a steak in your coveralls we don’t care. Our prices are very competitive considering we are carrying an Angus quality meat.”
The Amy Lynne’s Roadhouse is located at 7026 West U.S. Highway 30. The number is 402-721-1033.