OBT icon Charley's WildFire Grille moving to Little Lake Bryan in 2014
By By Heather McPhersonFood Editor
May 01, 2013 | 9:30 AM
Charley’s WildFire Grille on the Orange Blossom Trail is moving to Little Lake Bryan in Lake Buena Vista in the summer of 2014. The owner, Talk of the Town Restaurants, has purchased the property and the current building at 6107 S. Orange Blossom Trail in Orlando (south of Doss Avenue) will now be used for special events and private banquets only.
All other locations including Charley’s Steak House International Drive, Charley’s Steak House Celebration, Charley’s Steak House Tampa, FishBones Orlando, FishBones Lake Mary, MoonFish, Vito’s Chop House, Johnnie’s Hideaway, Texas Cattle Co. in Lakeland, and Texas Cattle Co. in St. Petersburg will remain open.
Founded in 1974 by the father-and-son team of Charley and Ron Woodsby, Talk of the Town Restaurants has 11 eateries. The company has a rich history on the Central Florida dining scene because it is linked to two local dining icons -- Gary's Duck Inn and Red Lobster. From 1963 to 1983, Charley Woodsby was a co-owner of the now-closed Gary's on Orange Blossom Trail. In 1968, Woodsby and William Darden opened the first Red Lobster in Lakeland. They expanded and, in 1970, sold Red Lobster to General Mills. The Woodsby family opened Talk of the Town steakhouse in 1973 in Lakeland, later expanding to other cities including Orlando. In 1984, the restaurants became the Texas Cattle Co., with the Orlando location renamed Charley's.
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