Savannah Welcomes Chef Hugh Acheson

The celebrated Georgia chef, author and television star will helm The Florence, an Italian eatery with a Southern flair.

Photo courtesy Jamestown Properties Chef Hugh Acheson’s 7,000-square-foot, two-story Italian kitchen and café will service all of the Savannah community in the project’s refurbished “yellow building” seen here in this rendering.

One Victory West, an urban residential community in Savannah, announced the signing of a new tenant yesterday: Hugh Acheson. The James Beard Award-winning chef, cookbook author, Top Chef judge and restaurateur is known locally for Empire State South and for The National and 5 & 10 in Athens. Acheson will marry regional recipes with the tastes of Italy. Named The Florence, the 7,000-square-foot eatery will be housed in what is known as the “yellow building” on the mixed-use site.

“The key for me is to blend the beauty of the South with the rich flavors of Italy,” said Acheson. “The philosophies of One West Victory align with my respect for the region’s historical roots, and I am honored to be a part of this next great urban experience.”

Acheson, who is Canadian by birth, adopted Georgia as his home after spending summers here as a child.

Located at the intersection of Victory Drive and Bull Street in Savannah where four historic neighborhoods meet, the site once operated as the Savannah Ice Factory. Redevelopment efforts began in May earlier this year with plans to open in the summer of 2014. It will feature 114 completely furnished residences designed by Atlanta-based HKS Architects and interior designer Cortney Bishop of Charleston. It will also include a fitness center, an art studio, media center, study areas, outdoor patio and courtyard space. Targeted toward students, the project aims for Silver LEED certification and is bike and bus accessible.

“One West Victory will combine innovative green design, destination dining and the authenticity of historic structures and neighborhoods into a new, cultural focal point for all of Savannah,” said Michael Phillips, chief operating officer of Jamestown. “Chef Acheson’s commitment to a sustainable food culture that thrives on local participation is one that strongly aligns with Jamestown’s mission in Savannah.”

Jamestown Properties is also responsible for the revitalization of the old Sears building, Ponce City Market and for White Provision, another reclaimed structure on Atlanta’s popular Westside.

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