Woodsby's Restaurants

1960-1970

THE THUNDERBIRD

The Thunderbird 1960 – 1970

"A Partnership is Formed"

A hotel restaurant in Jacksonville, FL where Charley’s partnership with Bill Darden began.

1961-1974

OLD SOUTH

Old South 1961 – 1974

"Jacksonville’s Finest Family Restaurant"

A restaurant just as the name implied: Old South. Biscuits and honey, all fresh vegetables, and everything made from scratch.

1962-1994

GARY'S DUCK INN

Gary’s Duck Inn 1962 – 1994

"A Model of Casual Dining"

Gary’s Duck Inn, “Where good food predominates”, had catered to the growing number of locals and increasing influx of tourists since it had opened in 1944.

1968

RED LOBSTER

Red Lobster – Established in 1968

Charley Woodsby and Bill Darden expanded their partnership and opened the very first Red Lobster in Lakeland, FL in 1968.

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1974

TALK OF THE TOWN

Talk of the Town 1974

Charley started to do business with his son, Ron, and they opened the first Talk of the Town Restaurant in Lakeland, FL.

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1984

TEXAS CATTLE COMPANY

Lakeland – Established in 1984

St. Petersburg – Established in 1985

Charley and Ron developed this concept at a time when Longhorn was just getting started and Outback didn’t exist yet.

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1985

CHARLEY'S STEAK HOUSE

Orange Blossom Trail – 1985 – 2013

Celebration – Established in 1988

International Drive – Established in 1992

Tampa – Established in 1998

Charley decided to take a step back while Ron became the visionary, guiding one of America’s leading family restaurant groups, three of which bear Charley’s name: Charley’s Steak House.

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1994

FISHBONES

Orlando – Established in 1994

Lake Mary – Established in 2005

Ron led the family back to its roots in seafood with the establishment of the first award-winning FishBones in Orlando in 1994.

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1998

VITO'S CHOP HOUSE

Vito’s Chop House – Established in 1998

A classic steakhouse with Italian flair, Vito’s is one of Orlando’s premier restaurants.

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2002

MOONFISH

MoonFish – Established in 2002

One of Orlando’s most innovative restaurants, MoonFish serves "The Freshest Seafood from the Oceans of Planet Earth" TM – from the usual to the exotic.

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2008

JOHNNIE'S HIDEAWAY

Johnnie’s Hideaway – Established in 2008

Created in the image of time honored Florida flavors with emphasis on Floribbean coastal cuisine.

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RED LOBSTER...THE BEGINNING
The Story of the American Family Seafood Restaurant

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