FUN FACT: The original Goody Goody was the first restaurant with a drive thru east of the Mississippi![tweetthis]The original Goody Goody was the first restaurant with a drive thru east of the Mississippi![/tweetthis]
You may have heard that one of Tampa Bay’s oldest restaurants is coming back very soon. Goody Goody was originally opened in 1925 on Grand Central Avenue and in 1930 on Florida Avenue and stayed in business until 2005.
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Goody Goody was known for more than its burger with secret sauce, homemade pies such as banana cream pie, butterscotch, and lemon meringue were quite possibly some of the other customer favorites. Goody Goody also made the movies back in 2004 when “The Punisher” filmed a few scenes. You can check out some of the photos from the scene here.
In 2014, Richard Gonzmart of Columbia Restaurant Group, announced his intent to rebuild the brand at a new location in Hyde Park area of Tampa. He purchased the rights to the name, the recipes, and even the original sign. The new location will open at 1601 W. Swann Avenue very soon! Gonzmart is promising late August with the official date to be announced soon.It will not have a drive-thru like the original location, but it will have a take out window for customers looking for a to-go option.
Goody Goody is interviewing for new staff now, as the community anxiously awaits the restaurant’s opening. Make sure to stay tuned for grand opening details to be announced soon. You can visit their company website here.
Stay tuned next week to hear about other new burger restaurants coming to the Tampa Bay area.
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