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Savannah’s Rousakis Riverfront Plaza celebrates 40 years

For many visitors and residents alike, it’s hard to image River Street without Rousakis Riverfront Plaza.

Robert Seay/Savannah Morning News Savannah River Street in May 1976.

LongHorn restaurant donates to Savannah shelter

For many people, a wholesome, hot meal is something that isn’t always guaranteed, but Savannah’s LongHorn Steakhouse and its parent company Darden Restaurants are helping to change that with their Harvest program.

LongHorn Steakhouse culinary manager Kenneth Johnson, center, helps Inner City Night Shelter volunteers load their weekly food donation Wednesday. The restaurant has donated 72,900 pounds of food to nonprofits in the area since 2003. (Katie Nussbaum/Savannah Morning News)

Papa’s celebrates 45 years of barbecue

Frank and Judy Ouzts, owners of Papa’s Barbecue and Seafood, have got lots of reasons to celebrate — 45 of them to be exact.

Judy and Frank Ouzts, owners of Papa’s Barbecue and Seafood. The Whitemarsh Island restaurant will celebrate 45 years on Monday with a party and fundraiser for the Savannah Center for Blind and Low Vision. (Special to the Savannah Morning News) Judy and Frank Ouzts, owners of Papa’s Barbecue and Seafood. The Whitemarsh Island restaurant will celebrate 45 years on Monday with a party and fundraiser for the Savannah Center for Blind and Low Vision. (Special to the Savannah Morning News)

Review board gets extra hotel floor question for a third time

After a heated meeting on Thursday, the City of Savannah Zoning Board of Appeals voted to send a much-contested height plan for a downtown hotel back to the Historic Board of Review for reconsideration. It will be the third time the HRB has heard the matter.

The City of Savannah Zoning Board of Appeals on Thursday voted to send plans for the Liberty Hotel back to the Historic District Board of Review after an appeal hearing challenging the bonus story of the hotel. (Rendering courtesy of Lynch Associates Architects)

Savannah barbecue spot to be featured on Food Network

A staple in Savannah’s food scene since 1963, Walls’ BBQ will soon be getting some national recognition on the small screen.

Customers wait outside of Walls’ BBQ on Tuesday as filming for a new Food Network show, Super Southern Eats, happens inside. (Katie Nussbaum/Savannah Morning News)

Savannah-area home sales continue to thrive

Savannah area home sales continue their climb, setting another record for sales in June, which saw 778 homes sold across Bryan, Chatham and Effingham counties, according to data recently released by Savannah Multi-List Corp.

DeSoto Hotel moves to new era, brand

On a recent rainy Monday morning, telephones buzzed, elevators dinged and dozens of guests mulled about under the warm glow of the antique crystal chandeliers in the lobby of the Hilton Savannah DeSoto.

The lobby of the Hilton Savannah DeSoto has been re-imagined as an art gallery and the former Lion’s Den bar, now Edgar’s Proof & Provision, also has been renovated as part of the hotel’s rebranding as it ends its affiliation with the Hilton brand and becomes the DeSoto once again. (Photo special to the Savannah Morning News ). TOP RIGHT: John W. Carswell, right, president of DeSoto Inc. was the first guest to register in 1968 at the opening of the new DeSoto Hilton Hotel. Watching are William L. McDonald, executive vice president of DeSoto Inc., his 9-year-old granddaughter, Bernice Morris, and Mrs. Carswell.

Ga. Tech-Savannah graduates its first Coding Boot Camp

The internet is the best, and sometimes only, link to fundamental information and networks, but code is the power to unlock it all.

The inaugural class of Georgia-Tech Savannah’s Coding Boot Camp. The six-month program teaches the fundamentals of coding and web development, while offering one-on-one time to students. (Photo courtesy of Back River Photography/Wayne C. Moore)

Savannah tourism leaders talk crime, hospitality at annual luncheon

The Savannah hospitality industry employs more than 27,000 people who work year round to serve millions of visitors and residents. On Thursday, some of those industry leaders had the chance to voice their comments and concerns on a wide range of topics, including hotel development, health of the industry, parking and crime, during the Tourism Leadership Council’s annual State of Tourism Conversation luncheon.

Michael Owens, president/CEO of the Tourism Leadership Council

Savannah Spirits finds history, challenges in pursuit of new distillery

Savannah has long been known for its spirits of both the haunting and distilled variety, and they’ll soon be a few more of the latter calling downtown home.

This rendering shows the future site of Savannah Spirits craft distillery at the corner of Whitaker and State streets. Renovations on the 12,000-square-foot establishment, which will also include a chophouse, have been ongoing since March 2016. (Rendering courtesy of Savannah Spirits)

Board OKs hotel projects for Drayton, River streets

The design of a hotel that spurred confusion and conversation over zoning districts received the green light from the Historic Review Board on Wednesday.

An artist’s rendering shows the proposed West Elm Hotel at 607 Drayton St. The Historic Review Board voted to approve the design plans for the four-story building Wednesday. (Renderings provided by Gunn Meyerhoff Shay)

Lunch group hears how good habits build fitness at work

Replace your candy bowl with fruit. Take the stairs. Drink water.

Paula Kreissler, director of healthy living and community development for Healthy Savannah, talks about simple tips for a healthier lifestyle during the Savannah Chamber of Commerce’s Chamber Power Hour lunch on Tuesday. (Katie Nussbaum/Savannah Morning News)

‘Crazy for the Boys,’ new teen musical drama, films at The Diner on Abercorn

Aside from the usual pancakes, The Diner on Abercorn was busy serving up some Hollywood magic on Thursday.

Amelia DeMilo and Hunter Sansone prepare to shoot a scene for “Crazy for the Boys” on Thursday at The Diner on Abercorn. The teen musical will be filming in Savannah until the end of the month. (Katie Nussbaum/Savannah Morning News)

Whitaker Street store ends seven decades of beauty, barber supply

It’s hard to miss the big metal shears affixed to the front of Smith Beauty and Barber Supply at 215 Whitaker St., a low brick building that sits just off of Oglethorpe Avenue.

A selection of combs and other remaining inventory is on sell at a ” first come first serve” basis. (Steve Bisson/Savannah Morning News)

Savannah engineer’s essay gets international notice

If you’ve enjoyed a meal at The Grey, had drinks at the rooftop bar at the Cotton Sail Hotel or driven down Drayton Street where the Perry Lane Hotel is under construction, you’ve seen Cody Tharpe’s and Tharpe Engineering Group’s work in action.

Savannah-area home sales have record month

Savannah-area home sales reached a benchmark in May with 775 homes selling across Bryan, Chatham and Effingham counties. It was the highest number of sales since at least January 2012, according to data recently released by Savannah Multi List Corp.

Auto shop reinforces service with social media

A visit to the auto repair shop can cost a lot of money and, often, a lot of frustration. The team at Savannah’s Integrity Auto Repair hopes to change that by pairing old-fashioned customer service with the modern twist of social media to remodel the industry.

Integrity Auto Repair’s new location is at 12125 Apache Ave. The company plans to expand to Pooler, hoping to grow its business through social media. (Photo courtesy of Integrity Auto Repair)

Producer, writer bring subject of film work to Savannah

As The Rotary Club of Savannah opened their weekly meeting Monday, singing “God Bless America,” 84-year-old Tsui Chi Hsii placed his hand over his heart and sang every word.

Photo by Katie Nussbaum/Savannah Morning News - Tsui Chi Hsii, also known as Charlie “Two Shoes” Tsui and Stratton Leopold. Tsui was the guest speaker at Monday's Savannah Rotary Club meeting.

Acheson says he’s learned a lot, not done with Savannah

Ahead of The Florence’s scheduled June 25 closing, owner and celebrity chef Hugh Acheson said the financials behind the Victory Drive restaurant were ultimately what led him to close the doors.

The Florence owner Hugh Acheson poses in his restaurant in Savannah in 2015. (SMN file photo)

Hugh Acheson to close The Florence

Restaurateur and celebrity chef Hugh Acheson has announced that his Savannah restaurant, The Florence, will close on June 25.

The Florence owner Hugh Acheson poses in his restaurant in Savannah in 2015. Acheson announced on his Facebook page Wednesday that the restaurant, which opened in 2014, will close on June 25. (Savannah Morning News file photo) The Florence owner Hugh Acheson poses in his restaurant in Savannah in 2015. Acheson announced on his Facebook page Wednesday that the restaurant, which opened in 2014, will close on June 25. (Savannah Morning News file photo)