Casual commentary about political, cultural and economic issues with a particular interest on the city of Winnipeg by John Dobbin
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Woody's Bar-B-Q Coming To Winnipeg
The Free Pressreported that Woody's Bar-B-Q will be opening at the busy corner of Pembina Highway and Grant Avenue.
It will be a new building constructed on the corner near the hotel. Part of it will house the ever expanding Papa John's. Hello continued Pizza War. The other part will be the Florida-based Woody's.
Woody's Bar-B-Q only recently announced it was coming to Canada and has barely started franchises in British Columbia. Southern barbecue with a decor that looks like a Mississippi barbecue shack will be the order of the day. Unlike the U.S. locations where few have liquor licenses, all Canadian locations will sell liquor. There is more emphasis on take-out. In other words, these restaurants are smaller and will cost less to franchise than their U.S. counterparts.
It remains to be seen whether Famous Dave's and Woody's Bar-B-Q will do well in this market. I expect that they will.
At the moment, it is KFC and Chicken Delight on the retreat. In years past it was Bonanza, Ponderosa, Country Kitchen, Mr. Steak and Chi Chi's that died in the competitive market here and across North America.
Now, how about a Rainforest Cafe and a Hard Rock Cafe across from MTS Centre?