Last April I broke the news that Woody’s BBQ at 5112 Hollister Avenue in Goleta (Magnolia Center) is planning to open a restaurant across town at 10 Winchester Canyon Road, the former home of Timbers restaurant. The new dining destination will be called Timbers Roadhouse and will have a different menu, focusing on BBQ and steaks.
Now reader Elise says she was dining at Woody’s on September 6th and was told by staff that the iconic eatery is closing down in about two weeks. I called the restaurant and they confirmed the news and said that the landlord would not renew their lease after 37 years. It is times like this when I really miss Santa Barbara’s BBQ expert John Dell, widely known as “Rex of SB,” who passed away last December. Undoubtedly he would have had a lot to say.
Woody’s BBQ wins the “Best BBQ” award literally every year in The Santa Barbara Independent. Who will take the crown in 2021?