Tried-And-True Recipes Equal

Tried-And-True Recipes Equal



When British expatriates Mark Sharratt and Nicholas “Nick” Hart decided to open a restaurant, Central Florida had all the right ingredients and Woody’s Bar-B-Q had all the right recipes. They brought a wealth of restaurant industry experience, purchased the Winter Haven Woody’s franchise and jumped into a massive renovation of the existing restaurant.

Their shared passion for providing a memorable dining experience and delivering a high quality product have translated beautifully here in the U.S. and have already won them rave reviews from guests.

“Winter Haven is a truly lovely city,” said Mark. “We are excited to be part of the Winter Haven community, and our guests have done a wonderful job of making us feel welcome. With our primary focus on serving up great customer service and excellent food, we also hope to make them feel welcome every time they walk through our newly painted door.”

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A special ingredient to Woody’s success is attributed to the careful selection of their franchisees. “Mark and Nick’s combined focus is 100% customer service and satisfaction,” explained Woody’s Bar-B-Q co-founder, Yolanda Mills-Mawman. “They are wholly committed to giving every guest a ‘welcome home’ experience with their newly remodeled interior. We are very happy to welcome them to the growing Woody’s family.”

“Going with a franchise was the best thing to do because, coming from a different country, we didn’t understand the market,” said Mark. “We researched a lot of franchises and chose Woody’s because their mission is greatly aligned with our belief that customer service and consistently good food is [the] key to success.”

“Woody’s corporate is a small organization,” continued Mark; “and I like the food. You have to like what you’re selling. You can tell the quality, and when your product is consistent all the time, your diners won’t ever be disappointed.”

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On a national level, Woody’s Bar-B-Q has spent the last three decades building a loyal following among Southern barbecue connoisseurs thanks to popular menu items like Carolina Pulled Pork, Texas Beef Brisket, Signature Baby Back Ribs, Bar-B-Q Chicken, Creamy Coleslaw, Bar-B-Q Beans, legendary sauces, and their famous Banana Pudding – many of which are secret family recipes.

Woody’s Bar-B-Q meats are seasoned with specialty spices, slow smoked for hours and cooked to perfection. All meats are smoked in-house and have a pink smoke ring that is the signature of smoking with the finest hardwood available.

Baby Back Ribs are imported from Poland, known for the finest cuts of top ribs. But what creates true perfection is the preparation. Woody’s special process starts with smoking the ribs, then slow cooking in a “secret” Baby Back Sauce that makes them even more tender and delicious. A final glazing on the grill seals in the flavor.

From Smokin’ Spare Ribs and an ultimate Sloppy Woody’s Bar-B-Q sandwich to hot wings, coleslaw, family-recipe bread pudding and rich, creamy banana pudding, the best way to enjoy Woody’s is by visiting yourself and piling up a hot plate of great Southern Bar-B-Q!

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Woody’s features daily lunch and dinner specials, as well as a daily Early Bird Special of 20% off the entire check from 3 to 6 p.m. Kids eat free on Mondays after 6 p.m. (one child 12 and under with the purchase of an adult entree).

Located at 1088 Havendale Blvd., Woody’s is open Sunday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. 863-297-5330. Catering is available. View Woody’s Bar-B-Q menu online at

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