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Jesse Blanco

Remember Savannah’s service industry in hurricane recovery

What a week, huh?

A woman walks a dog in front of Sorry Charlie’s on Ellis Square ahead of Hurricane Irma’s visit to Savannah. Evacuations hurt many, including restaurant workers who work for tips. (Photos by Jesse Blanco/Special to Savannah Morning News)

Chef Sean Brock’s Husk Savannah sets opening date for December

With a culinary scene growing as quickly as Savannah’s has been the last two to three years, it should surprise no one to hear that award-winning chefs are looking to bring award-winning restaurants to the Hostess City. The latest to trend in that department is Husk, celebrity chef Sean Brock’s signature restaurant.

Husk Savannah General Manager Christian Chapman

Sisters expands franchise to Atlanta

Indeed, the first time Brown mentioned the possibility to me of Sisters expanding to Atlanta was a couple of years ago. But as he made it clear last week, “You have to find the right people.”

Treylor Park duo to open Hitch at Liberty and Drayton

Those of us who drive into downtown Savannah with any regularity lost count a long long time ago. I’m referring to the number of times you sat at the intersection of Liberty and Drayton streets. A new restaurant is about to open in that space, the latest addition to the Liberty Street corridor. It’s called Hitch and it’s brought to you by the same guys behind the extremely successful Treylor Park up the road on Bay Street.

Exterior of Hitch (photo by Jesse Blanco)

Mexican food options expand in Savannah

There has been quite a bit of movement on the food landscape the last few weeks.

Tequila's Town

Cotton & Rye gets customer service right

I was invited over for a chat at one of Savannah’s newest great restaurants last week. Cotton & Rye opened its doors in July. I had visited a couple of times and very much enjoyed it, but by all accounts, it has been hitting it out of the park almost since day one.

From Cotton & Rye Facebook page

Eat It and Like It: Wrap your head around restaurant closings

For all the talk I do in this space about new restaurants opening and the growth of our food scene, the area has taken a beating lately when it comes to the number of restaurants that have shut their doors for good.

Big dreams and divorce: Chef Roberto Leoci leaving Savannah

Well known Savannah Chef Roberto Leoci has closed Leoci’s Trattoria at 606 Abercorn – it won’t reopen – and will be leaving his position at Pacci Savannah inside The Brice Hotel within 60 days to make a move to New York City.

Roberto Leoci

Eat It and Like It: Show some appreciation for tourism workers this Christmas

The type of customer you get on Christmas night, Wendy tells me, can vary. It may be locals who just don’t have a large enough family to want to cook a full meal at home. It may be tourists who are either spending a good bit of time in Savannah or passing through.

Eat It and Like It: Shop local for gifts to make food lovers smile

Food lovers can be a bit finicky, so it does make it difficult to shop for them sometimes. However, there are a ton of great items in this area that you can buy either individually or compile to make a local basket that should really please anyone. It would be impossible to list them all. But I will give it a try.

Chocolat by Adam Turoni

'Dancing' Paula Deen: Savannah has 'given me everything'

Last week appeared to be one of the most nervewracking two minutes of Paula Deen’s life when she moved across the floor in the first performance during ABC TV’s "Dancing with the Stars."

From Paula Deen's Twitter account

EAT IT AND LIKE IT: New restaurants making Savannah a hotspot for cuisine

There are a number of professions in this world where 11 a.m. is considered early — and owning and running a restaurant is one of them.

While half the population is scrolling through Twitter trying to figure out what they are doing for lunch, Donald Lubowicki and Jeffery Downey are many times just pulling back the curtain, if you will, on their popular spot on Whitaker Street, Circa 1875.

Ian Kesson/Special for the Savannah Morning News Circa 1875 is a popular spot on Whitaker Street.

The long haul: A look at The Florence's first year

When The Florence opened in June 2014, there was a lot of hype. Acheson was already known to fans of the popular “Top Chef” television show. That, combined with his cookbook “A New Turn in the South,” helped create a buzz.

Photo by Emily B.- Hall Celebrity chef Hugh Acheson owns The Florence on Victory Drive.

Savannah's The Grey named one of the Top 5 restaurants in America

It has been nothing if not an eventful six months at Savannah’s already iconic dining spot, The Grey, in downtown Savannah. 

Savannah's The Grey named one of the Top 5 restaurants in America