South Tampa’s Goody Goody Burger reopens for to-go service starting Friday

It’s the first Columbia Restaurant Group to kick back up since closing in March.

click to enlarge South Tampa’s Goody Goody Burger reopens for to-go service starting Friday

Burgers are in demand during the coronavirus lockdown, but now Tampa Bay can get the “POX.”

Tampeños can start reacquainting themselves with an iconic, truly local burger starting Friday, May 1. That’s when Goody Goody Burger— located at 1601 W. Swann Ave in South Tampa’s Hyde Park Village—reopens for to-go service only from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.. The iconic spot closed on March 20 along with other Columbia Restaurant Group (CRG) concepts.

Goody Goody originally opened in 1925 and closed in 2005 before Richard Gonzmart bought the brand in 2014 and reopened it two years later.

“We’re happy to get back to work and begin serving our classic Goody Goody ‘POX' burgers, butterscotch pie, fried chicken sandwich and other items from a streamlined menu designed especially for takeout,” Gonzmart, a fourth generation caretaker and the president of the CRG wrote in a release. “We’ve missed everyone.”

The “POX” label refers to the "distinctive, messy, tasty tomato-based secret sauce" along with "precisely cut pickles and onions" that became the trademark of the iconic burger.

Last weekend, Nebraska Mini-Mart got worked when it reopened as the “NMM-N-Out Burger” pop-up. So, we expect the same at Goody Goody. 

Despite Gov. Ron DeSantis’ order saying restaurants may start opening with 25% capacity inside and six-feet of space between outside tables, Goody Goody will not offer dine-in.

“And only same-day orders will be accepted,” the release said. “Restaurant staff will follow stringent health and sanitary standards based on CDC recommendations. Additionally, guests will be requested to respect social distancing guidelines.”

So what does this mean for other CRG concepts like Columbia and Ulele?

"We respect and appreciate the governor’s announcement. While we’re now allowed to reopen, we will decide what that means for each of our restaurants. It might mean takeout or outside seating at some of our locations, but it’s too soon to know what or when," Gonzmart told Creative Loafing Tampa Bay.

“Whatever happens will be gradual, and safe for our guests and staff. We’re also watching other states very carefully to see what happens with restaurants there," Gonzmart added. "Meanwhile, we are preparing our restaurants for our eventual reopening and awaiting further relaxation of the guidelines. Dining out again will become a great way to escape the challenges of everyday stress and to celebrate life’s joys.”

CRG could not tell CL how many employees were getting to go back to work when Goody Goody reopens.

"That’s an operations decision," a rep for CRG told CL. "Mr. Gonzmart has always said his overall goal during this was to do as much as he can to support the Columbia’s furloughed restaurant family. That’s why we’ve provided meals and continued to pay for health care."

Customers are asked pay and order online at or via phone at 813-308-1925. The pre-ordered meals will be delivered to cars behind the restaurant.

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