Owner of Drake neighborhood staple passes away

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DES MOINES – The owner of a BBQ joint in central Iowa passed away suddenly.

Woody’s Smoke Shack owner Steve Stewart passed away on Monday afternoon. The restaurant near Drake University is now temporarily closed, with employees just filling catering orders right now.

Local 5 went to the shop to speak to the people who knew Stewart. 

“He’s a big teddy bear,” said Harold Camp-Bey. “The guy has such a sweet disposition toward myself and others. He was still our boss, but as he said, he was also our friend.”

Other employees we spoke to said that Stewart loved smoking meat and bringing all his recipes to the restaurant. 

“Everybody come to eat here, everybody feel comfortable, everybody spend at least an hour here,” said the group of workers. “I mean, that’s how he wanted it.”

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