TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — An iconic Tampa restaurant opened Tuesday morning in Hyde Park Village.
Dozens of customers and workers were on hand when the ribbon was cut at Goody Goody around 7:00 a.m.
The local hamburger restaurant was a central part of Tampa’s food scene, beginning in 1925. It has been reinvented by Richard Gonzmart of the Columbia Restaurant Group.
With two locations in Tampa, it was a casual concept with a social vibe. Gonzmart frequented Goody Goody as a child and has been negotiating for rights to the brand, off and on for almost a decade with Michael Wheeler, who has owned the Goody Goody name since 1981.
“I think when you come in you’re going to step back in time,” Gonzmart said. “And, the bite of that item of Goody Goody, it will bring back fond memories.”
Original recipes will be offered, including the “secret sauce,” burgers made with ground beef from the Strickland ranch, fresh-cut fries and house-made ice cream and pies—even the well-known butterscotch pie.
Gonzmart also salvaged some original furniture and the famous sign, which has been incorporated into the Hyde Park location.
Mike Smith, who has lived in Tampa for decades, was the first person in the restaurant when it opened.
“It’s a part of Tampa,” Smith said. “You can’t let it go away.”
Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn joined restaurant workers for the grand opening.
Gonzmart tells News Channel 8 a Goody Goody restaurant will open inside Tampa International Airport in October.
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