Woody’s Bar-B-Q Reopens in Sharpes Under New Ownership After Kitchen Fire Shutters Eatery for Two Years

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located in the former Corky Bell’s Seafood Restaurant at 4885 N. Highway 1

After opening its doors in 2014 in the former Corky Bell’s Seafood Restaurant location, Woody’s Bar-B-Q of Cocoa, Florida and its signature menu of slow-smoked meats and comfort food sides were immediately embraced by the Brevard County community. (Woody’s BBQ image)

BREVARD COUNTY • SHARPES, FLORIDA – After opening its doors in 2014 in the former Corky Bell’s Seafood Restaurant location, Woody’s Bar-B-Q and its signature menu of slow-smoked meats and comfort food sides were immediately embraced by the Brevard County community.

Unfortunately, a kitchen fire in May 2017 derailed the operation – forcing the restaurant’s closure for nearly two years.

Today, the classic Southern barbecue chain is pleased to announce that Woody’s Bar-B-Q, located at 4885 N. Highway 1 reopened its doors on Monday under new ownership.

At the helm is Brevard County entrepreneur and long-time Titusville resident Hitesh Patel, with General Manager Kevin Dohoney, at his side.

Living out a lifelong entrepreneurial dream, Patel has owned half a dozen Del Taco locations throughout Brevard County, and currently owns several highly successful convenience stores, a hardware store and commercial real estate company.

Today, the classic Southern barbecue chain is pleased to announce that Woody’s Bar-B-Q of Cocoa reopened its doors on June 3 under new ownership. (Woody’s BBQ image)

Never one to be accused of being idle, he also works as an agent for Reliance Insurance in Titusville, serves as a Board Member for the local YMCA and is a member of the Titusville Chamber of Commerce.

Desiring to own his own full-service restaurant, Patel was drawn to the Woody’s Bar-B-Q franchise system.

Attracted by the structure they provide, he was impressed by the people he met at the Corporate office and – most of all – by the quality of the food they offer their patrons.

His personal favorite on the Woody’s Bar-B-Q menu – their slow smoked, flavorful and falling-off-the-bone Bar-B-Q Chicken.

“I’ve lived in Titusville since 1993, so Cocoa is in my backyard,” said Patel.

“The Woody’s Bar-B-Q brand has an excellent reputation and its former Cocoa location had a proven history of success. I feel extremely optimistic about our reception from Brevard County residents. My General Manager – Kevin – brings a great deal of foodservice experience to the table, including the management of a Cheesecake Factory. And I plan to be in the restaurant virtually every day – overseeing the operation and getting to know our customers.”

Located at 4885 North US Highway 1, Woody’s Bar-B-Q of Cocoa is now open for business. Having applied for a liquor license, Patel hopes to have a full bar up and running in time for summer.

The restaurant currently boasts an ample sized dining room, with seating enough for 153 hungry customers.

“Hitesh brings a lot of energy and enthusiasm to his role as Woody’s Bar-B-Q franchisee,” said Yolanda Mills-Mawman, President and COO of Woody’s Bar-B-Q.

“He has built an excellent team and plans to carry on the same history of success this location has witnessed in the past. Although, his solid track record as a business owner and his can-do attitude may help build a following that surpasses what we’ve witnessed here in the past. I know I speak for the entire Corporate Office when I say that Woody’s Bar-B-Q is so happy to be back in Cocoa serving the good people of Brevard County.”

To learn more about Woody’s Bar-B-Q, view its list of locations and peruse the menu, please CLICK HERE.

After opening its doors in 2014 in the former Corky Bell’s Seafood Restaurant location, Woody’s Bar-B-Q of Cocoa, Florida and its signature menu of slow-smoked meats and comfort food sides were immediately embraced by the Brevard County community. The restaurant currently boasts an ample sized dining room, with seating enough for 153 hungry customers. (Woody’s BBQ image)
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