There are those that would consider it a big compliment to Savannah’s food scene to have a restaurant based in Charleston open a location here. Charelston based 39 Rue de Jean is open on the West Side of downtown, and most recently Husk announced their plans to open downtown Savannah on December 4th. The latest Charleston eatery to open their doors here in town? Prohibition, an upscale “Speakeasy” style restaurant, is now open at 125 MLK, Junior Blvd in Savannah.
The announcement comes after a roughly 18 month-extraordinarily detailed-renovation to the space a few doors down from The Grey and around the corner from the previously mentioned 39 Rue de Jean.
“We are excited about what is happening in Savannah. Happy to be part of the movement” says Executive Chef Greg Garrison, who will oversee both kitchens in Charleston as well as here in Savannah. “I think what we do will fit in nicely with the growth of Savannah’s food scene.” Garrison is a veteran of the Boston food scene before he made his way to Charleston.
Chef refers to his menu as “Modern American” with some Southern influences. A glance at their menu from Charleston reflects that, but Garrison is quick to point out that he’d like Prohibition Savannah to develop its own identity and will offer some dishes here that aren’t available in Charleston, including a number of “dishes for 2.” “I’m really excited about a Lamb Wellington with baked red peas we are doing here that we don’t offer there.” he says. “It would hold us back to look at what the food scene is here now in Savannah” he says “We want to be part of what Savannah can become.”
The space is beautiful with a long bar on the right as you walk in, booths and other seating to the left. The back of the house features a stage for live music where a full menu will be available as well. The cocktail program is regarded among the best in Charleston and their plan is for something similar here. In addition to those craft cocktails and extensive local beer selection, Prohibition boasts one of the largest collections of Irish Whiskeys in the Southeast.
The location for Prohibition is also going to go a long way in the growth of Savannah’s MLK corridor. A hotel has already opened right next door to Prohibition, with another under construction around the corner on Oglethorpe. Still a third is set to be built in the old Firestone space where Broughton ends at MLK. Two short years ago, The Grey polished up an old bus terminal and settled in for the long haul. Now a few friends are joining in on the fun, which should me more foot traffic and more business along that stretch of MLK.
“We could not be happier to welcome James and the Prohibition team to the neighborhood.” says John Morisano of The Grey “It has been amazing to watch the progress on this part of MLK since we broke ground on The Grey in early 2013. When you get a quality and passionate group like the folks from Prohibition moving in next door, it certainly helps to solidify this part of the city as a destination for locals and visitors alike.”
Prohibition is now open for dinner only. Brunch service expected to follow within a few weeks and daily lunch coming after that.
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