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Eat It and Like It: Prohibition wants to be part of what Savannah scene can become

  • Prohibition, an upscale “speakeasy” style restaurant, is now open at 125 MLK Jr. Blvd. (Provided photo)
  • Prohibition, an upscale “speakeasy” style restaurant, is now open at 125 MLK Jr. Blvd. (Provided photos)
 

Eat It and Like It: Prohibition wants to be part of what Savannah scene can become

03 Oct 2017

There are those who would consider it a big compliment to Savannah’s food scene to have a restaurant based in Charleston open a location here.

Charleston-based 39 Rue de Jean is open on the west side of downtown, and most recently Husk announced its plans to open in downtown Savannah on Dec. 4. The latest Charleston eatery to open in town? Prohibition, an upscale speakeasy-style restaurant, is now open at 125 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

The announcement comes after an extraordinarily detailed, roughly 18-month 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 the kitchen 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 became 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 the 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 two.”

“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. 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 whiskys 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 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 mean 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 Johno 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 is expected to follow within a few weeks, with daily lunch coming after that.

See you Sunday at Picnic in the Park!

Jesse

PROHIBITION

Address: 125 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

Info: prohibitionsavannah.com, 912-200-9255

QUICK BITES

Anyone up for Oktoberfest along River Street? We gave you a list of spots to hit along the river a few weeks ago. Get on down to the Waving Girl statue and have a great time this weekend!

You’ve got time to get down to the Golden Isles for the St. Simons Island Food & Spirits Festival this weekend. A great schedule of events and the weather is going to be perfect.

Don’t forget the Savannah Food & Wine Festival coming in just about five weeks, from Nov. 6-12. Plenty of tickets available now, including to our Secret Savannah Speakeasy, which is quickly becoming one of the best parties of the week. Go to savannahfoodandwinefest.com.

If you missed our season premiere of “Eat It and Like It with Jesse Blanco,” you missed a good one on Savannah’s Starland neighborhood. See it now in its entirety at eatitandlikeit.com.

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