Saturday, September 8, 2012

27 Years! Original Post -

For years, bars and restaurants around the country have tried to imitate the laid-back, Key West vibe found in southernmost hotspots like Sloppy Joe’s and the Hog’s Breath Saloon.
But Molly Goodheads Raw Bar & Seafood Restaurant, with its colorful, mermaid logo and eclectic decor, has mastered the Margaritaville motif without being a tourist trap that’s just hopping on a trendy bandwagon.
Perhaps it’s because Molly's, which sits in an old house in the heart of underappreciated Ozona, was Key West-cool long before strip mall bars began displaying conch shells and pumping Jimmy Buffett music through the speakers.
“When the owner bought the place in 1985, there was nothing else here,” general manager Lynn Sans says of the still sleepy downtown area. “The house is a 107-year-old Cracker-style house, so she went with a Key West theme.”
The History of Molly's
Despite the fact that the area was basically deserted save for the old post office next door, owner Laurel Flowers slowly built her restaurant into a destination for locals and visitors alike, thanks to positive word of mouth and a very noticeable sign.
“We used to have a big sign with our logo on it out on U.S. 19,” Sans remembers. “It brought a lot of people over here to check us out, just out of curiosity.”
While the patrons originally may have been drawn in by a desire to see what the place was all about, what has kept them coming back is the fresh food Molly’s is known for, Sans says.
“We became famous for our grouper sandwich because we serve black grouper, not red like most restaurants do," Sans says. "We spend a little more money for it, but you can taste the difference.”
More Than Just Seafood
Sans is quick to point out that Molly's is more than a seafood place; there are 126 items on the menu, with new specials being added regularly.
In addition to the seafood, Molly’s offers pasta, burgers, sandwiches, steak, ribs and chicken. Everything is prepared fresh daily, including the breading used on their original onion rings and fish and chips.
And unlike some seafood restaurants, the food is relatively low priced, keeping with another theme Flowers incorporated into her place in the early days.
“She is very proud that everything is moderately priced, so the average family can keep coming back,” Sans explains. “The average person can come back 3-4 times a week because they can afford it.”
Fun and Friendly
Another big reason behind Molly’s success is the atmosphere.
Aside from the intriguing decorations, which Sans says she still hasn't seen all of, and the relaxed vibe, Molly's prides itself on its customer service.
Much of the staff has been in place for a long time — Sans has been GM for nine years — and they take pride in knowing every regular's name and greeting everyone warmly when they walk through the door.
“You have to have all three things: food, d├ęcor and service,” Sans says. “We’ve worked very hard over the years to get to this level, and we’re very proud to be … more than your average seafood restaurant.”

Molly Goodheads Raw Bar & Seafood Restaurant
Address: 400 Orange St., Ozona
Phone: 727-786-6255
Hours: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday-Saturday

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Welcome to the Official Blog for Ozona's Best Kept Secret! Molly Goodheads Raw Bar & Restaurant will be celebrating our 27th year as your Friendliest Neighborhood Destination for Seafood, Salads & Delights Wednesday September 19th starting at 6PM. So come out and Celebrate. as always, your Host & The Owner of Molly Goodheads since Day One... Laurel always puts on an amazing Night to celebrate another year here in our little slice of Paradise. Live Music, Complimentary Food, Happy Hour Prices all Night, Prizes & Give a ways.. Don't forget our always popular "I survived" anniversary T Shirts available all night. This is one night you simply wont wanna miss!!! Visit us at for Updates, Maps & Directions and to view and download our complete Menu. You can also stay in touch with us on Facebook by clicking here

If your not familiar with us...
Molly Goodheads Raw Bar & Restaurant resides in an old Boarding House on Orange Street.
Our atmosphere is that of Key West with a Friendly Staff ready to assist you in having a Great Night out whether its Business or Pleasure, Bring the Whole Family! Molly Goodheads is most Famous for our Fresh off the boat Grouper Sandwich and Huge Fresh Apalachicola Oysters. Our Menu consists of something for everyone whether its Laurel's Chicken Pasta Salad  or a Platter of Mouth watering Blackened Gator Tail or Sea Scallops that your after... Stop on by and try some for yourself!

We now offer Nightly Specials such as Fish N Chips Night or Burger Night as well as Weekly Specials to entice your Taste Buds! Our Culinary Staff strive to offer a selection of Seafood & More NOT found at every other neighborhood restaurant So come out and Enjoy yourselves with us! If you haven't been here in a while, Over the past few years we've definitely made some changes. We now offer Big Screen TVs at the Bar and through out our Dining room making sure you've got a view of the game. We've also recently revamped our Sound System, added Lots of New Art work through out the property, Dedicated a Dog Friendly Dining area on our covered Front & Side Patio, Not to mention a Menu Overhaul to offer more Popular items at excellent prices as you've always found here at Molly Goodheads. We've taken some of our Best Specials from previous times and gave them a permanent home on our menu as well as added many new delights!  Make sure to Follow this Blog and keep up with all the happenings here in Ozona with all of us at Molly Goodheads Raw Bar & Restaurant. Thanks and we hope to see you soon, whether its for Lunch, Dinner or just Cocktails we couldn't have made it 27 years without all of you!

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