Willie Jewell’s Old School BBQ coming to The Villages

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The Villages, FL – Barbecue enthusiasts living in The Villages will rejoice at the news that Willie Jewell’s Old School Bar-B-Q plans to open a new location on May 5, 2021 at the Magnolia Plaza Shopping Center of Wildwood next to the new Publix, just in time for summer.

Longtime Willie Jewell’s franchisees, Paul and Donna Hinch, have dedicated their BBQ passion to two Willie Jewell’s locations since 2012, and are looking forward to sharing their recipe for success with Paul’s brother and sister-in-law, Mark Hinch, and his wife Liane. According to Josh Martino, president of the Home Team Restaurant Group, the family did considerable research to determine where another Willie Jewell’s would likely thrive in Florida. The laid-back, family-friendly lifestyle, paired with the area’s ongoing growth, helped the Hinches select The Villages as the right place.

Patrons of the newest Willie Jewell’s Old School Bar-B-Q will find the restaurant welcoming and convenient, complete with all the popular qualities of other Willie Jewell’s locations: efficient and friendly counter service, generous platters and sandwiches, delicious sides and desserts, plus self-service stations for beverages and warm BBQ sauces. The restaurant is the perfect lunch stop while exploring the community on a golf cart – or to grab smoked meats by the pound for supper at home.

Grand opening festivities for Willie Jewell’s in The Villages will officially take place on Wednesday May 5, with a special event for friends, family and invited guests the night before to get the energy rolling. The Sophisticated Gents, a nonprofit organization dedicated to uplifting the “intellectual, spiritual, educational, and emotional fellowship of members in The Villages,” will join on the eve of the grand opening to raise donations for scholarships and other local causes.


Martino remarked that the timing for this location of Willie Jewell’s is “perfect,” despite getting pushed back due to the pandemic. Excitement surrounding the grand opening event is “off the charts,” he noted, and, because the Hinch family is well-versed in the hospitality industry, it will be a surefire success as soon as doors open.

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