2022 openings: What does the future hold for Savannah’s food scene?

With the calendar flip to a new year, there have been more than a few inquiries about what is next on the horizon for Savannah’s food scene. We had a few big stories in 2021, but if everything we know about comes to fruition, 2022 will make it feel like our food scene took a year off.  I could probably rattle off 7-8 new concepts that expect to open in the next 18 months around Savannah. That’s just the ones I know about. There are always more.  

No room for more restaurants, you say? Yeah, well, we disagree. They are coming.  Here are four that you will want to keep an eye out for:

Desposito’s Return to Thunderbolt 

Despositos is a legendary spot on the other side of the Highway 80 Bridge in Thunderbolt.  We reported early in 2021 that it was sold and would be making a comeback.  The good news is the project evolved from a quick clean up to complete overhaul.  The new Desposito’s will do everything it can to capture the spirit of what that spot was, but it will be bigger, more family friendly and hopefully open by Summer. Look for the massive 6 foot neon sign on the roof visible every time you drive over the bridge.

Starland Neighborhood Continues to Grow 

Starland District remains Savannah’s hottest part of town.  A few new projects are expected to open in that area this year.  Including a new Brewery on 42nd Street behind Ardsley Station, a brand new restaurant across Bull Street from Back in the Day Bakery led by a Michelin rated chef and a brand new - currently under construction at the corner of Bull and 39th Street in the space formerly occupied by Chazito’s 787 Restaurant.

Shuk Savannah 

Shuk is a Mediterranean themed spot being built at the corner of Habersham and Anderson streets in the Victorian District.  The plan now is a fast-casual concept for lunch and slightly more elevated service in the evening.  Work continues as we speak.  We should see them Spring/Summer.

Java Burrito Company 

Java Burrito is a very popular Coffee/Cocktails/Burritos and Tacos concept from Hilton Head Island that will be opening at the corner of Broughton and Price Streets by Summer. Yes, the old 5 Spot, old Juarez Mexican Restaurant known to so many locals.  JBC is a true neighborhood concept that does very well across the river. It should do well and become a draw to the sometimes forgotten Eastern end of Broughton Street.

There will be more. We could go on for a while here. Stay in the loop, sign up for our newsletter at eatitandlikeit.com.  Once a week to your inbox.  No Spam. No Fillers additives or preservatives.  Happy New Year.

About The Author

Jesse Blanco

One of the most recognizable personalities in the Savannah/Hilton Head Island television market, Jesse Blanco is sometimes called "Savannah's Anthony Bourdain." His 'Eat It and Like It' show has become a major regional brand in the foodie world.
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