Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

New Look for Woody's Outlets

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

New Look for Woody's Outlets

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Jacksonville-based Woody's Bar-B-Q is giving its rustic-style

restaurants a new look with a variety of memorabilia and

roadside signs.

"You have to change every five or so years to keep people

interested in your restaurant. It's kind of a roadhouse theme

with signs on the wall and a lot of fun things. It takes you

back in time," said Bill Moon, vice president of franchise

development for Woody's.

The company began remodeling in November and so far has redone

its Dunn Avenue, Southside Boulevard, Bradenton and Sarasota

restaurants. It just began remodeling its Mandarin restaurant

and plans to convert another five to the new format within the

next six months, Moon said.

The remodeling expenses run $40,000 to $45,000 per restaurant,

Moon said.

Woody's, started in 1980, has seven corporate stores and 26

franchise stores, Moon said.

Jacksonville Beach is getting a new Mexican restaurant.

Cyclone Anaya's is opening in February in the Pablo Village

shopping center in the 1200 block of South 3rd Street, said Ray

Avery, managing partner in the Jacksonville Beach restaurant.

Avery plans to open at least two more restaurants in the

Jacksonville area by year's end, and plans three or four other

locations here, including in Mandarin and Orange Park.

There are three Cyclone Anaya's in Houston and a fourth on the

way.

"People are going to come here to eat dishes that they'll get

nowhere else," Avery said. The restaurant will seat 165 patrons

and employ 35 people.

Avery said his menu is moderately priced and will contain at

least 60 items.

Professional wrestler Jesus Bercerra Anaya Valencia, known as

Cyclone Anaya, founded the chain in Houston in 1963, Avery said.

Avery's partner, Rico Valencia, is the founder's son.

Cyclone Anaya's also produces and sells Arriba salsa in grocery

stores in 50 states, Avery said. Within three weeks, the salsa

line should be in Jacksonville stores, Avery said. …

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