A new wave of restaurateurs?
Hugh Acheson’s The Florence is part of the One West Victory development. The “celebrity chef” also has highly-regarded restaurants in Athens and Atlanta, so his Savannah venture has attracted considerable attention from around the state and around the country.
The Grey will open soon in the old Greyhound bus terminal on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. Owner John Morisano has lived in Savannah for several years, so he’s not exactly a newcomer, and Chef Mashama Bailey has local roots.
But Morisano’s and Bailey’s backgrounds have already helped the new venture attract important press, including a short piece in The Wall Street Journal.
Chef Bailey most recently worked at the acclaimed Prune in New York City.
According to its website, 39 Rue de Jean will open on West Oglethorpe Avenue in early spring 2015. It’s the sister to a restaurant of the same name in Charleston. Both spots are part of the Holy City Hospitality group.
The restaurant business is fickle and Savannah is a relatively small market, but if ventures like these are successful, more restaurateurs and chefs from around the country will consider an expansion into the Savannah market.