Woody’s Bar-B-Q Reopens in Sharpes Under New Ownership After Kitchen Fire Shutters Eatery for Two Years
By Space Coast Daily // June 5, 2019
located in the former Corky Bell’s Seafood Restaurant at 4885 N. Highway 1
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.
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.”
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