This just in from the press release:
Jamestown announces One West Victory, the latest urban residential community in Savannah, Ga., will welcome James Beard award-winning chef and “Top Chef” judge Hugh Acheson’s Italian restaurant venture, The Florence, to the new development…
“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,” said Michael Phillips, chief operating officer of Jamestown. “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.”
Chef 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.” As an author, restaurateur, television personality and decorated chef, Acheson believes in the simplicity of Italian-style cooking and sourcing fresh, local ingredients. The Florence will offer vegetable courses, locally caught seafood, pastas and pizza made with Double Zero flour as well as a bar, patio and biergarten.
“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.”
Author of the James Beard Foundation award-winning cookbook A New Turn in the South: Southern Flavors Reinvented for Your Kitchen and chef-partner of the Athens, Ga.,-based successful restaurants Five and Ten and the National as well as Atlanta’s commended Empire State South, Acheson has been named Best Chef Southeast by the James Beard Foundation and one of Food & Wine magazine’s Best Chefs. He competed in Bravo’s “Top Chef Masters” season three and stars as a judge on “Top Chef.”
— Bob Townsend, AJC Food and More blog.