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Just as we select the finest ingredients and slow-smoke our meats for hours in each of our existing BBQ restaurants, we take an inordinate amount of care selecting and training franchisees to grow our Woody’s Bar-B-Q family. We never forget our humble beginnings at our first location, and are eager to pass on our recipe to success to each new franchisee.

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How We Made Our Dream Yours

Like most great stories, our story began with a dream. The “Woody” in Woody’s Bar-B-Q is co-founder Woody Mills who, along with partner, Yolanda Mills-Mawman, dreamed of owning their own BBQ restaurant one day. In 1980, this passionate pair took a dog-eared collection of recipes that Woody’s mom had lovingly penned herself and opened their own restaurant in Jacksonville, Florida. That original Woody’s Bar-B-Q location (which still stands today) has since grown to include a thriving network of locations throughout the Sunshine State and beyond – each with its own special family at the helm and distinctive hometown atmosphere. Ever since our debut nearly 40 years ago, Woody’s Bar-B-Q has been setting the “Bar” higher on Classic Southern BBQ. We’re dedicated to being the best BBQ restaurant in every town where we hang our shingle – and it shows in the food we serve, the service we deliver and the relationships we build with our surrounding communities.

At Woody’s Bar-B-Q, we not only take the art of BBQ quite seriously; we’re also seriously dedicated to helping aspiring entrepreneurs pursue their dreams. Not long after we discovered that we were on to something extraordinary, we decided we couldn’t keep that recipe to success all to ourselves. We sold our first BBQ franchise in 1989, and have never looked back. As a Woody’s Bar-B-Q franchisee, you’ll benefit from four decades of growth of the Woody’s Bar-B-Q brand, as well as three decades of evolution of our franchise system. Woody, Yolanda and an equally passionate second generation are all still involved in the day-to-day operations of the corporate office and several Woody’s Bar-B-Q locations. As a family-owned concept, we find it so rewarding to help other families pursue their dreams and individual paths to success. We welcome the opportunity to add YOU to our growing family of franchisees.

BBQ Franchise Training

Prior to the opening of your store, you will be required to attend and successfully complete Woody’s Bar-B-Q intensive 6-week franchise training program. This program is designed to educate each new franchisee in all aspects of restaurant operations and provide them with the tools to achieve success. Whether our franchise owners have previous training in restaurants, business or both, you will receive exclusive hands on training specific to understanding and fully utilizing our culture, business systems and curriculum.

Topics to be covered

  • Customer Service
  • Preparation of Woody’s Bar-B-Q Menu Items
  • Quality & Food Portion Control
  • Beverage & Inventory Management
  • Cost Control
  • Employee Hiring & Scheduling
  • Store Safety Guidelines
  • Management Tools & Systems
  • Turnover Reduction
  • Budgeting & Forecasting


Other Training Support

Store Opening training will be provided by our Corporate Training Team for 6 days prior to the opening date of your store and until 4 days after. This training will include a “hands on” approach to managing and successfully running a Woody’s Bar-B-Q restaurant. During this period we will work closely with you and you staff to ensure a smooth opening and transition to making your Woody’s Bar-B-Q a successful operation.


Woody’s Bar-B-Q provides on-going operational support, even after your store is open, through our field service representatives. These veteran operations professionals provide advice and counsel in all areas of your Woody’s Bar-B-Q restaurant. So, help or advice is only a phone call away.

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For more information, please download our Franchise Brochure, fill out our convenient online contact form, and/or call us toll free: 904-612-6600.

Woody’s Bar-B-Q Franchise Support

As a family-owned concept, we understand just how tremendous a step it is to invest in and open your own restaurant. That’s why we’ve done our best to simplify the process through a combination of experienced Corporate Support Team members and tried-and-true Franchisee Support System to help you avoid the pitfalls you might experience working independently. Woody’s Bar-B-Q franchisees will own and operate their own business, but will never work alone.

Barbecue Restaurant Franchise FAQs

How much are royalties and advertising contributions for a Woody’s Bar-B-Q franchise?

Woody’s Bar-B-Q royalty is 5% of the gross sales of the business. The Advertising Fee is 2% of gross sales, which is used for the design and production of system-wide advertising and targeted marketing campaigns.

How do I find the ideal location site for my new restaurant?

Woody’s BBQ guides you every step of the way, from securing a quality location to helping a successful opening of your new business. Woody’s real estate team will perform competitive analysis and demographics to assess the surrounding market.

How big is the typical Woody's BBQ ?

Our restaurants range in size from 2500-3000 SF. Some are free-standing, while many are located in well-performing strip centers. The size of your restaurant will depend not only on your plans, but also on the availability in your local market.

What type of training will I receive?

Prior to the opening of your new Woody’s BBQ location, you will be required to attend and successfully complete Woody’s BBQ intensive 4-week franchise training program. This program is designed to educate each new franchisee in all aspects of restaurant operations and provide them with the tools to achieve success. Before the big day arrives, you will receive Store Opening training from our Corporate Training Team for 6 days prior to and 4 days following the opening of your new location.

How much profit can I expect to make?
The amount you could make is impossible to determine and is a function based on many variables such as: retail sales, sales margins, cost of goods sold, location, fixed cost, variable cost, operating cost, financing cost and other factors. We encourage you to contact our existing franchisees to conduct your due diligence research.
What form of continuing operational support guidance will I receive?
Woody’s Bar-B-Q will provide you with our confidential Operations Manual which covers, in detail, the many facets of restaurant operations. Updates to this manual will be sent to you as they are implemented. Periodically, your location will be visited by our field representatives to insure smooth operations, as well as offer counsel and advice to you and your staff. In our commitment to provide superior support to our franchisees, our Franchise Support Department is just a phone call away to answer any questions that may arise.
How do I open my own Woody's BAR-B-Q restaurant?
The first step is making sure we are the right match. To start the process, complete our short request form and our team will reach out to you.