“In 1980, Woody and Yolanda Mills set out to create a barbecue restaurant where the meat melted in your mouth … with their passion for barbecue and a dog-eared collection of homemade recipes, they went on to create a dining experience in the tradition of the South’s great hometown BBQ shacks.”

The latest addition to the downtown dining scene is one that many have been saying is lacking: a Southern BBQ spot. Well the wait is over, with Woody’s assuming the position once occupied by The Chop House — across from the courthouse on Water Street.

It’s a franchise whose origin is in Florida: this’ll be their 12th spot in Canada, and run by a mother and son team: Pam Green and Warren Pardy, who are “very excited to bring Woody’s Bar-B-Q to St John’s and would like to invite all their friends and everyone in the area to the restaurant to eat the way they do in the south.”

Dan Masters, President of Woody’s operations in Canada, says “the response we have had so far in Canada has been overwhelming. Woody’s is the only national Southern Barbecue chain in Canada. This is real Southern Barbecue slowly smoked using traditional methods.”

Dan was a customer of Woody’s himself once, while visiting The Southern States, and clearly liked it enough to acquire the Canadian rights. “If anyone serves a better product than what we will offer Canadians I haven’t found it.”

Woody’s Bar-B-Q will also offer take-out and catering. On the menu, you’ll find apps like deep-fried pickles, corn nuggets, and Georgian stew, to mains like “Sloppy Woody” sandwiches, Texas-style brisket, and of course ribs, ribs, ribs.  There’s also all-you-can eat wings for $12.99 on Mondays.

“We smoke our wings as a first step in the cooking process which gives them a unique amazing flavour even before we add the sauce or rub the customer has ordered.”