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Classic Southern BBQ Chain Has Debuted its First Location in Hardee County with Prine & Allgood Restaurants LLC at the Helm

Jacksonville, Fl., March 12, 2024 – BBQ fans in Wauchula, Florida, just received some exceptionally good news. Woody’s Bar-B-Q – a classic Southern BBQ chain with a 44-year history of success in the Sunshine State – is now open at 902 US Hwy 17 S. Chuck and Charlotte Prine serve as the restaurant’s proprietors, while seasoned food service industry veterans Jason and Tamra Allgood tackle the role of owner-operators at Woody’s Bar-B-Q of Wauchula. Between their ties to the area, understanding of their customer base, love of their work, and belief in the Woody’s Bar-B-Q brand, all four hold out great hope for a bright future for the new Hardee County eatery. The newly opened restaurant features a drive-thru, patio dining, a full-liquor bar, and an extensive menu. Woody’s Bar-B-Q of Wauchula will also host a slew of special events designed to bring the community together, including a weekly Kids Eat Free Night, Trivia Night, and Bingo Night. To show their immediate support of local athletics, the franchisees plan to hold Spirit Nights for Hardee High School’s Wildcats and other youth programs, as well as first responder nights and monthly blood drives with the local hospital.

The entrepreneurial spirit is strong in both Chuck and Charlotte Prine – with three businesses to their credit and a fourth one on the way. Included among them is a sandwich shop and a confectionery franchise. The third enterprise – which they have owned for 36 years – is a highly successful asphalt marking & striping business named Stripe It Rite. When the Prines decided to invest in another restaurant concept, they dined at a number of barbecue franchises to get a feel for the menu, atmosphere, and culture, and found that they were most impressed with Woody’s Bar-B-Q. With deep family roots in Hardee County, when searching for a location, Wauchula seemed like the ideal fit.

“Wauchula matched the demographics of an existing Woody’s franchise with a track record of success, and it’s a city that really needs a BBQ restaurant,” said Chuck. “The word had already gotten out about Woody’s Bar-B-Q coming there, and the citizens were very excited. The town management was really excited, too, and were as helpful as possible to get us up and running.”

To partner with them on the venture, the Prines tapped a pair of family friends with a long history of success in food service. Growing up with many of his relatives in the industry, Jason Allgood was rolling silverware at five years old. Once he entered the industry himself in earnest, he quickly rose through the ranks from cook to kitchen manager to general manager of three restaurants (all of which were Woody’s Bar-B-Q locations), as well as general manager with a national family sports restaurant chain. His wife of 15 years, Tamra, boasts a quarter of a century of experience as a skilled server who’s a favorite among her customers. Nearly all those years were spent at Woody’s Bar-B-Q, so to say she is familiar with the concept and the menu would be an understatement. 90% of their friend base is involved in the restaurant industry, and their love story began when he was a lunch chef, and she was a server 20 years ago.

“We’ve built our lifelong dream in the midst of a food desert and hope to be at the front step of a beloved tradition among locals,” said Jason. “It’s an untapped market filled with the ideal audience for Woody’s Bar-B-Q, down-to-earth folks who will appreciate everything from our family-focused atmosphere to our menu of slow-smoked meats, comfort food sides, and local favorites. We’re going to pride ourselves on making this YOUR Wauchula Woody’s – where we’ll serve many generations over time and remain deeply involved with our local community. This is not a job for us; this is our life. Our patrons can expect to have a direct line to the owners and know that we’ll come by their table to say hello, make sure they’re happy with their experience, and thank them for coming. That’s what love and commitment are all about, and we want them to know that we appreciate them for coming out in support of our family business and our dream. I’d like to extend my gratitude to Aaron Carricato and Cody McCain of Beef O’ Brady’s for their mentorship and belief in me over the last nine years.”

The Prines and the Allgoods invite prospective patrons throughout Hardee County to pay their new restaurant a visit. In addition to slow-smoked ribs, pulled pork, beef brisket, turkey, and chicken, the Woody’s Bar-B-Q menu also boasts burgers, wings, salads, catfish, comfort food sides, decadent desserts, and more. To learn more about Woody’s Bar-B-Q, including the steps to opening a Woody’s franchise of their own, BBQ fans are encouraged to visit They can also follow the franchise’s Facebook page at and the new Wauchula location’s page at

About Woody’s Bar-B-Q®: After opening their first Woody’s Bar-B-Q in 1980, partners Woody Mills and Yolanda Mills-Mawman have spent more than four decades setting the “bar” higher for classic Southern barbecue. From the humble beginnings of just one location in Jacksonville, Florida, a shared passion for barbecue, and a dog-eared collection of recipes, Mills and Mawman have grown the Woody’s Bar-B-Q brand to locations reaching from the Deep South where barbecue is king to the Northeast. Perhaps best known for their legendary melt-in-your-mouth slow-smoked Signature Baby Back Ribs, Woody’s has also built quite a following among patrons with their secret recipe barbecue sauces and meats, as well as their freshly prepared comfort food-inspired side dishes. Individuals who wish to learn more about becoming a Woody’s Bar-B-Q franchisee are encouraged to visit


Media Contact:    Yolanda Mills-Mawman| Woody’s Bar-B-Q | 904-992-0556 |