Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

'Wing Lady' Picks Real Main Street to Open Middleburg Restaurant

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

'Wing Lady' Picks Real Main Street to Open Middleburg Restaurant

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Byline: R. Michael Anderson, County Line staff writer

MIDDLEBURG -- Most of the restaurants in Middleburg can be found along a milelong commercial strip of Florida 21 -- a four-lane highway through the middle of this growing, unincorporated community.

But Deborah Baker opted for a quiet, less-visible location for her new barbecue restaurant, H.D. Wings, which opened Sept. 1 a few blocks east of the highway on Middleburg's historic Main Street.

"I like it because it's off the beaten path and it's in the historical district and close to my daughter's school," said Baker, who said she previously owned two barbecue restaurants in Daytona Beach several years ago before she and her husband, a naval officer, moved to Clay County.

The cement block building with a white brick front and blue tin roof overhang sits at the corner of Main Street and Palmetto Avenue, adjacent to an old, crumbling concrete foundation where Middleburg's post office once stood decades ago and a block from the Middleburg Museum.

A few 19th century homes still grace the neighborhood just up the road from the Main Street Boat Ramp where Union soldiers crossed Black Creek on a ferry during the Civil War.

While people in the neighborhood will soon realize there's a new business in their midst, motorists passing through on Florida 21 would never know it. Baker said she's going to try to get signs up near the highway to advertise her restaurant.

"I might try to get a billboard, but that's for later," she said.

Right now, she's relying on fliers distributed in the community and word of mouth.

Mara Clayton, a former member of the Middleburg Historical Society, was pleased to hear about Baker's new restaurant and said she hopes it's a success.

"I wish them luck," Clayton said. "Middleburg needs more places like that. We have Cedar River [Seafood] and we have fast food and a couple of other small restaurants near Winn-Dixie [at the corner of County Road 218 and Florida 21]."

But because H.D. Wings is off the main highway, she said, success will depend on getting the word out to the public that it's there. …

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