Goody Goody Is The Best After-School Spot For Hungry Learners
Feed your family’s rumbling bellies with tasty American diner treats and a side of Tampa history.
Goody Goody is an iconic Tampa restaurant that originally opened in 1925 and then closed in 2005. It was the first drive-in restaurant east of the Mississippi — a local hotspot for families and busy Tampeños. Columbia Restaurant Group co-owner Richard Gonzmart frequently used to buy a sack of burgers for his family on Saturdays. Richard also had been interested in the “better burger” concept long before it became trendy. He tried to buy the Goody Goody™ brand rights off and on for 10 years and finally closed the deal in 2014.
Today, Goody Goody sits on bustling Swann Avenue in Hyde Park Village. Families make new memories with our old-school diner artifacts and kids love our all-day breakfast and classic American diner recipes. The decor and recipes both pay homage to Tampa’s past and greet Tampa’s future.
Bringing back the iconic Goody Goody™ sign was an important element in returning the Tampa restaurant to its former glory. To former customers like Richard Gonzmart, the sign was as much a part of the restaurant experience as the food and service. We also framed original tile from Goody Goody’s 1925 location.
Goody Goody™ features Tampa-made Old Meeting House ice cream for milkshakes, floats and other frozen desserts.
For 66 years, the Old Meeting House was a beloved ice cream shop that served customers on South Howard Avenue in Tampa – 50 of those years with original owner Jim Strickland.
The richness and creaminess of the ice cream was legendary. After the ice cream shop went out of business in 2003, the brand was purchased by Sunny Florida Dairy in Tampa, which was established in 1911 and has served the Columbia Restaurant Group since 1920.
Enjoy a slice of Tampa history at Goody Goody with your kids. An after-school milkshake is a timeless pleasure!