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Corporate Office for Classic Southern BBQ Franchise Company Obtains Ownership, Completes Renovation and Designates Popular St. Johns County Restaurant its New Franchisee Training Site

Jacksonville, Fl., September 10, 2019 – Ever since Woody’s Bar-B-Q sold its first franchise in 1989, all of its franchisees have undergone an intensive six-week training process at the chain’s flagship restaurant on University Boulevard in Jacksonville, Fl. The classic Southern BBQ company is now thrilled to move those operations to its newly acquired Corporate Store –  Woody’s Bar-B-Q of Ponte Vedra. Located at 226 Solana Road, the popular eatery will continue to serve patrons its signature slow-smoked meats and comfort food sides as usual, but its secondary function will be to serve as a Corporate Training Facility for incoming franchisees. As part of the change in ownership, the full-service restaurant has undergone a $100K renovation to the interior in order to reflect the brand design of newer Woody’s Bar-B-Q restaurants.

“Corporate HQ once owned the Ponte Vedra location, but sold it to a prospective franchisee in the early 2000’s,” said Woody Mills, CEO, Co-Founder and namesake for Woody’s Bar-B-Q. “I’m excited to say that ‘Woody is back!’ to the good people of Ponte Vedra Beach. We think they’ll be really receptive to the new interior design, as well as the new owners. As for the franchisees who will train here, they’ll get more of a sense of the interior of their own restaurant – as the updated décor includes heavy timber and corrugated metal sheeting accents for that trendy farmhouse feel. The ORIGINAL Woody’s Bar-B-Q on University Boulevard will always have a special place in my heart, but its kitschy décor is reflective of the past and we want our franchisees focused on the future. Not to mention the fact that – during their six weeks of training here – when they get off, the beach is just two miles away.”

In addition to a menu that includes such dishes as Woody’s Signature Baby Back Ribs, Bar-B-Q Pork, Grilled Prime Rib, Texas Beef Brisket, Sloppy Woody Sandwich and more, die-hard fans of Woody’s Bar-B-Q of Ponte Vedra – both old and new – can enjoy regular lunch and dinner specials, discounts for seniors and military members, Kids Eat Free Mondays, trivia and poker events once a week, beer and wine, and more. As an added perk for people on the go, Woody’s Bar-B-Q of Ponte Vedra is one of the few drive-thru restaurants in the immediate area. The restaurant also offers delivery service. While the majority of the interior has been changed to reflect the new Woody’s Bar-B-Q brand, the iconic beach scene mural that regular patrons have come to know and love remains unchanged. Woody’s Bar-B-Q of Ponte Vedra is open daily from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. To learn more about Woody’s Bar-B-Q of Ponte Vedra, please visit

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 nearly 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 and Midwestern fronts. 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:    Jen Purdy – Marketing Assistant| Woody’s Bar-B-Q | 904-992-0556 x 106 |