Woody's Bar-B-Q® of Fernandina Reopens Under New Ownership
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Classic Southern BBQ Chain Introduces New Franchisee to Established Northeast Florida Fanbase

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - CuisineWire -- Woody's Bar-B-Q has great news for its fans in Nassau County, Florida… Woody's Bar-B-Q of Fernandina is back and under new ownership. First established in 2005 at 474323 E State Road 200, the purveyor of everything from pulled pork to Sky High pies was previously under the ownership of Daryl and Yvette Wood. During the restaurant's closure through the Coronavirus Pandemic, the couple made the difficult decision to sell. Fortunately, they found the ideal candidate to resume ownership of the Fernandina Beach-Amelia Island landmark in seasoned foodservice professional, Nikki Carson.

Having first gotten her start in the restaurant industry at the young age of just 14, Carson rose through the ranks from hostess to general manager. Included in her colorful list of credits are a four-year turn at Buffalo Wild Wings and a 15-year stint at Hooter's. She recalls her work at a BBQ restaurant in Virginia among some of the best times she ever had, which is what drew her to Woody's Bar-B-Q of Ponte Vedra in January 2020.

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"We recognized right away that there was something very special about this lady," said Yolanda Mills-Mawman, Co-founder and President of Woody's Bar-B-Q. "In addition to her extensive knowledge of the business, we could see that she was invested – not only in our company's success, but also in the enjoyment of the customers she served and her camaraderie with the other staff members. When the opportunity presented itself at Fernandina, Woody and I knew Nikki would prove a perfect fit."

Having always managed restaurants for other owners, Carson is excited to take this new step. She credits the company's leadership team for helping her make the transition to franchise ownership. Carson is incredibly excited to bring Woody's back to Fernandina and has received a warm reception from patrons and staff members alike – many of whom were without work for six weeks before the transition. She believes the future success of her new restaurant lies in the fact that so many of her staff members are local residents with a large base of regulars, although she hopes to woo new patrons to Woody's Bar-B-Q of Fernandina, as well.

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"I believe owner involvement is extremely important and I want my patrons to know that I will be here," said Carson. "Consistency is key and I'm an advocate of the delivery of great food along with fast and friendly service – which is the foundation of Woody's Bar-B-Q. I'm so happy to be part of a people-based company and a great supportive team. At Woody's, the customer comes first – after all, we wouldn't be here without them."

To learn more, visit www.woodys.com.

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