Own a Woody’s BBQ Franchise!
Seeking your very own slice of “hog heaven”?
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Just as we select the finest ingredients and slow-smoke our meats for hours in each of our existing restaurants, we take an inordinate amount of care selecting and training franchisees to grow our Woody’s BBQ 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.
The Woody’s BBQ Franchise Story
How We Made Our Dream Yours
Like most great stories, our story began with a dream. The “Woody” in Woody’s BBQ is co-founder Woody Mills who, along with partner, Yolanda Mills-Mawman, dreamed of owning their own 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 BBQ 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 BBQ has been setting the “Bar” higher on Classic Southern Barbecue. We’re dedicated to being the best barbecue 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 BBQ, we not only take the art of barbecue 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 franchise in 1989, and have never looked back. As a Woody’s BBQ franchisee, you’ll benefit from four decades of growth of the Woody’s BBQ 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 BBQ 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 BBQ 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 BBQ Menu Items
- Quality & Food Portion Control
- Beverage & Inventory Mangement
- 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 BBQ restaurant. During this period we will work closely with you and you staff to insure a smooth opening and transition to making your Woody’s BBQ a successful operation.
Woody’s BBQ 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 BBQ restaurant. So, help or advice is only a phone call away.
Learn More About Franchise Opportunities
For more information, please download our Franchise Brochure, fill out our convenient online contact form, and/or call us toll free: 1-866-285-6448 (ext. 36).
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Woody’s BBQ 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 BBQ franchisees will own and operate their own business, but will never work alone.