Florida Barbecue Restaurant Opening in Augusta
By Gary Kauffman
A Florida barbecue chain will be opening its first franchise in Augusta on Feb. 1.
Woody’s Bar-B-Q will be located in the former WifeSaver building at the intersection of North Leg and Wrightsboro roads. Paul Patel is the local franchisee.
Woody’s Bar-B-Q was founded about 30 years ago by Woody Mills and his partner, Yolanda Mills-Mawman. Woody’s has more than 20 locations in Florida, plus one each in Tennessee and Pennsylvania. Their website lists pending locations in Colorado, Puerto Rico and Valdosta, Ga.
Manager Jasmine Banks found out firsthand how good the food is when she and two others went to the Jacksonville, Fla., headquarters for training.
“The food is great,” Banks said. “We went down there for three days and I gained 10 pounds.”
Woody’s will be open for lunch and dinner, serving a variety of ribs, barbecue sandwiches, wraps and salads. Sides include beans, sweet potatoes fries with a cinnamon butter dip and corn on the cob, and desserts that include banana pudding made from Woody’s mom’s original recipe.
Food is made fresh, and they make their own ranch and bleu cheese dressings in house. Pies and the banana pudding are also made fresh.
Woody’s will have a full bar service, and plans to have events like karaoke. In addition to the restaurant, it also offers a catering service.
The restaurant is being remodeled now and will have a local flavor.
“It’ll have some Augusta twang in there,” Banks said. “We’ll bring certain things from Jacksonville but we’ll make it our restaurant.”
Woody’s is currently in the hiring process but expects to have 45-65 employees.
The location at North Leg Road had been a WifeSaver for several decades before that restaurant moved to a new location across the street in September 2014. After that, Slicerz Pie Hole occupied the space for about six months.