Legendary restaurant offers new look, menu
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One of Woodbury's legendary landmarks is undergoing a restaurant makeover.

Joe's Place, located on Tatum St. on the Woodbury Square, has a new menu, new interior look and a new co-owner.

"We have redone everything," co-owner Randy Barrett said. "Our goal is to try and keep a country atmosphere but still be more of an upscale restaurant."

To assist in making the changes Barrett, who has owned Joe's Place since 2006, brought in Charles Maynard as a co-owner.

For Maynard, who is retired after working for over 30 years in the automotive industry, it's a new experience.

"I have enjoyed it much more than I thought I would because of the people (customers)," Maynard said. "Their response to the changes has been overwhelming, much better than I could have ever imagined.

"I haven't had a customer yet make any negative comments," Maynard added. "They tell me they like it and appreciate it. We are trying to do what every good restaurant, good business, should do, and that is put the customers first."

As co-owners, Barrett will handle the business aspects of Joe's Place, while Maynard will be responsible for customer service.

Barrett said that running a restaurant as a one-man show for six years was putting a strain on him.

"We thought it was time to take Joe's to the next level," Barrett said. "In the future we are looking at the possibility of serving homemade pizzas, fresh cut steaks, and a bigger variety of desserts."

The daily menu at Joe's has already undergone some enhancements. Customers now have a choice of three meats instead of two, and four vegetables. Joe's burgers, which made the place famous throughout the region, and fried chicken will continue to be offered daily.

"Joe's Place is an icon in the community," Maynard said. "People want to eat here because it's like sitting down to dinner at home."

Maynard's wife, Paula, has also been involved in bringing a renewed atmosphere and attitude to Joe's Place, as have his daughter and son-in-law.

"We will continually update the menu to feature items which people like the most," Maynard said. "We want people to have the choices they want when they come here, not what we want them to have."

Starting next week, Barrett said, Joe's Place will once again be open on Sundays. It has been closed during the remodeling.

Members Opinions:
February 01, 2012 at 10:59am
The inside decor was one of the things that really attracted people to it, so why change it? Business may improve by staying open during the hours that people actually eat food instead of just 3-4 hours a day. Several times in the past few years they have been closed at 6:30 or 7 pm... that is still meal time for many who work elsewhere till 5:00.
February 01, 2012 at 2:28pm
My Opinion.. Thats a great start, but also you need to hire some clean, respectful, and non drugges to work. There needs to b e a dress code, hair nets, and the Inspection Score needs to be in th 90's and not failing like in the past. Haveyou saw some of these folks that work there, how they dress, and look at their criminal history, drugs etc.
February 01, 2012 at 2:52pm
Change is good!!!!!!!
February 02, 2012 at 4:03am
My family and i went to eat at Joe's all the time...But when they sold Joe's it just went down hill from hill...I went in there back last May...And my food was cold the sevice wasn't any good...And my GOD they killed the Joe's chicken salad...Back in the day when Joe and his family owned it---it was legendary and out of this world...No it's just legendary bad and aint worth the money...
February 02, 2012 at 5:54am
As someone who has eaten at least one meal at Joe's nearly every day for the last three years, and has observed its ups and downs, I am convinced their personnel and service problems are a thing of the past, as are issues with food preparation. They are now on the right track.
February 02, 2012 at 6:08am
Doesn't matter what they do to the decor if the food isn't good. Adding a co-owner with no restaurant experience doesn't seem too promising. I used to love it but for the past several years it has been worse every time I go in. I will try again but I don't have high expectations.
February 08, 2012 at 4:59pm
I am looking forward to eating at this new site. Anyone heard of any reviews to how good the place is?
February 11, 2012 at 6:46pm
Are there friday feb10 best in years
February 18, 2012 at 9:35pm
JOE'S IS BACK! Ate there for the first time in a LONG time....twice; breakfast and dinner. Both were very good as was the NEW servers. Some of the remarks here are unfair because they are making judgements based on PAST experience. The Maynard's have done an incredible job of turning Joe's in the right direction. Charles makes the rounds and asks if everything is good and wants to to know if it isn't. His excitement for what he is doing is contagious and his love for Joe's would make Joe Parker smile!

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