Ponte Vedra’s Brent Morris Named Woody’s Bar-B-Q® Franchisee of the Year

National Barbecue Franchise Company Awards North Florida Operator With Its Top Honor During November 5 Annual Meeting on Amelia Island

November 15, 2013 // Franchising.com // Jacksonville, Florida – After more than 30 years of serving up heaping platters of slow-smoked barbecue and "comfort food" sides, it’s clear that Woody’s Bar-B-Q® Franchise System knows a thing or two about identifying a recipe for success. During the company’s recent November 2013 Annual Meeting held on Amelia Island, Florida, Woody’s bestowed its highest honor on Jacksonville native and Ponte Vedra franchise owner – Brent Morris – by naming him Woody’s Bar-B-Q Franchisee of the Year.

"Brent is an excellent operator," insists Woody Mills, co-founder of the Jacksonville-based national barbecue franchise company. "He started out at a local Woody’s Bar-B-Q part-time during college, worked his way up to manager and eventually opened his own restaurant on Fernandina Beach. He later bought the Woody’s at Ponte Vedra and it has proven a perfect fit. He is there night and day, paying strict attention to the quality of the food that comes out of his kitchen, as well as the happiness of his staff and guests. It’s evident that he truly cares about his patrons, his team, his restaurant and honoring the Woody’s Bar-B-Q brand."

Each year, the selection of Woody’s Bar-B-Q Franchisee of the Year is based upon a number of criteria, such as percentage of sales increases, quality assurance inspections, compliance with Woody’s Bar-B-Q corporate codes, total performance, general effort and overall morale of the franchise staff. Each year, the Franchisee of the Year is selected at the Corporate Level by committee vote, after which the winner is named at the company’s Annual Meeting.

"Everyone in the restaurant - from our cooks to our servers - is dedicated to providing the best dining experience to every customer who walks in our door," explains Morris. "I am so grateful for their dedication and attention to detail. It certainly pays off! Many of our employees have been in the Ponte Vedra store since its inception and their loyalty is integral to our success. I am also thankful for the support we have received from the surrounding community. We are very fortunate to have a dedicated group of regulars who make our work not only rewarding, but also lots of fun."

About Woody’s Bar-B-Q

Woody’s Bar-B-Q of Ponte Vedra is located at 226 Solana Road on Ponte Vedra Beach. In addition to lunch and dinner prepared in house daily, Woody’s of Ponte Vedra serves up a great a la carte menu of to go items. The local eatery also hosts popular events regularly such as NFL Sunday Ticket with beer and wing specials, Kids Eat Free Mondays and Thursday Trivia Nights. Woody’s Bar-B-Q can often be found around town taking part in a number of community gatherings. Brent Morris and his staff invite barbecue lovers from the beaches of Jacksonville to the beaches of Ponte Vedra to pay a visit to their restaurant. To learn more about Woody’s Bar-B-Q of Ponte Vedra and other locations across Florida, the United States and Canada, interested parties are encouraged to visit www.woodys.com.

SOURCE Woody’s Bar-B-Q


Tammy Poudrier 
Director of Marketing
Woody’s Bar-B-Q
904-992-0556 ex 30


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After opening their first Woody's Bar-B-Q in 1980, partners Woody Mills and Yolanda Mills-Mawman have spent the past three decades setting the "bar" higher for great Southern Bar-B-Q.


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