Woohoo! We’re excited to get the news that Woody’s will be re-opening this fall. The name is changing slightly. Woody’s West End Tavern is now Woody’s Backyard Grill. But the new owner promises it’s going to be a very fun and family friendly environment for everyone to enjoy.
BRIEF HISTORY OF WOODY’S
I know lots of folks have memories of the the bar that existed before it was converted to Woody’s West End Tavern. I used to go there from time to time as I used to live just a couple blocks away on Hough Drive. Back in those days, it was a smoke filled bar with a pool table that felt perfectly suited to welcome in a biker gang. It didn’t have the outdoor patio or dozens of TVs. And it was far from family friendly. I wouldn’t bring my wife there, but I did go for takeout and had some amazing takeout ribs that were spectacular.
ENTER FRED SUCO
Fred Suco, the retired Police Detective, invested his money into the restaurant with a grand vision for what was then a tiny hole in the wall dive bar. And boy did he succeed. He turned the old bar into a delightfully entertaining place with a wonderful outdoor patio and a much improved interior. A place you could take your kids after a soccer game or hang out with friends to watch the Dolphins or the Hurricanes. And Suco added a stage with live entertainment that kept the place happening on Friday and Saturday nights. We loved it.
And the residents of Miami Springs loved it, too. Woodys was ranked in the top 10 places to eat in Miami Springs in our 2018 ranking.
As many know, Fred Suco had an accident that left him paralyzed. As a result, he sold the business and moved with his wife to be able to take care of his health. Today, Fred lives with his wife in beautiful Raleigh, North Carolina.
Local businessman, Tom Fuhrman, purchased Woodys West End Tavern on July 27, 2018, for $1.195 million. Woodys continued to operate as it did before with live entertainment on weekends and sports entertainment on the TVs. However, right before COVID-19 was about to hit, Woody’s was placed for sale again…
…And then COVID-19 hit with lockdowns and shutdowns.
WOODY’S BACKYARD GRILL
Woody’s has remained closed, but will reopen this fall as Woodys has been purchased by local resident and banker, Oscar Mendez. But as he confided in us, he’s really a foodie at heart. And Oscar has a great vision to bring the fun back to Woodys and make it even better than ever.
Now, for anyone that’s been to Woody’s in the past on a packed night, you knew you were going to wait a while for meals. And that was fine because usually everyone was having drinks and having a great time. But Oscar has addressed this shortcoming by expanding the capacity in the kitchen to be able to cook more of the great food at the same time. Translation, faster service is coming.
COME AS YOU ARE
Woody’s Backyard Grill is going to be laid back like you’re in the Keys. “It’s going to be a cool / chill vibe,” said Oscar. Come as you are. As Oscar said, you’re welcome to come in with “shirts and chancletas.”
BRING THE KIDS
Oscar, who’s a father of two teenagers, understands that it can be a challenge to go to dinner where everyone in the family likes something on the menu. The new menu promises to have meals that are equally appetizing for hungry adults and picky kids. Plus, he’s adding some outdoor games for the kids to enjoy while mom and dad start off with some drinks.
While Woodys has had plenty of TVs, Oscar is upgrading with some bigger TVs both inside and outside to let the main game take center stage and truly be enjoyable for everyone. We’re talking big 65″ TV’s and even an 82″ screen. It’s going to be a great place to kickback and watch a game with friends while putting down a cold one.
Woodys is going to be rocking again with live entertainment. Popular acts like Barefoot Jax will be back at Woodys letting everyone enjoy the less humid fall and winter weather we’ll be enjoying soon.
Woodys Backyard Grill will be opening soon and we can’t wait to try it.
When’s it officially opening up?
Oscar says they’re shooting for a grand opening date of November 13, 2021. But as you know, many places open up a few days earlier as a soft opening to work out some of the practical kinks.
Are you ready to try Woodys Backyard Grill? It’s less than a month away. We can’t wait to see all the new renovations and try out the new kitchen.
See you there very soon!