A barbecue chain that found success in Florida more than 30 years ago opened its first Georgia restaurant on Tuesday in Augusta.
Jacksonville-based Woody’s Bar-B-Q has taken over the former Wifesaver building at 1501 North Leg Road to bring its brand of Southern barbecue to the Peach State for the first time.
Local franchise owner Paul Patel said he has been working to develop the restaurant since last summer. Patel said he first sampled the company’s food while traveling and said he believed the quick-serve, all-fresh barbecue concept would go over well in Augusta.
“This is fast food, not frozen food,” he said.
The 3,500-square-foot restaurant, which features standard barbecue fare and side dishes as well as wraps, salads and burgers, also has 2,000-square-feet of outdoor dining space, bringing its total capacity to approximately 150 seats. Patel said he plans to employ more than 60 workers at the restaurant, which is located at the corner of North Leg and Wrightsboro roads.
“It’s a good, high-traffic location,” Patel said. “Everybody seems happy to have a barbecue place in that area.”
The Wifesaver restaurant that previously occupied the corner building now operates just south of the intersection, where North Leg meets Sibley Road.
Woody’s was founded in 1980 by partners Woody Mills and Yolanda Mills-Mawman. They began franchising the brand in 1989 and in 2014 created a limited-service concept, Woody’s Bar-B-Q Express.
The full-service Augusta eatery is the company’s 23rd restaurant and its first in Georgia. The restaurant, which will also do catering, features a full bar that will be open until 2 a.m. on weekends and 11 p.m. on weekdays and Sunday.
The chain is most known for its “Signature Baby Back Ribs” and “Woody’s Banana Pudding,” but also features Texas beef brisket, Carolina pulled pork and its own brand of Woody’s-brand barbecue sauces.