Bites & Pieces: Hunter House farewell

Hunter House

A heartfelt farewell goes out to Chef Espy Geissler and his business partner John Hunter. Their Hunter House Inn has been a favorite watering hole and dining destination for more than two decades.

I’ll miss sitting on the big veranda sipping gin and tonic, spending a quiet night swapping stories at the bar with John and Espy and, of course, I’ll really miss the food Espy dished out.

It’s been an honor getting to know both these guys – and I especially relish the idea of having more time to pick Espy’s brain. This globe–trotter and raconteur is an endless source of food and wine knowledge – as well as being  a well read and witty conversationalist.

Best of luck to you both. As for you dear reader, you have until dinner on Oct. 31 to sample what you’ll be missing. At darn near land’s end on Tybee Island, it’s far reach – but a rewarding experience.

Sol–long Shelley!

Shelley Smith, the creative juice behind the original Venus de Milo, Eos and Sol has been summoned by her muse.

It’s another bittersweet good–bye. Shelley, accompanied by her mama, Martha “Mama’s Greens” Chapman, are heading to Alabama for Shelley to get serious about her love – art – and to step away from the frantic and exhausting restaurant business.

Not to fear, she’s already brought in an able business partner who is expected to become sole owner on Jan. 1. Andrea Johnson brings restaurant and business knowledge to the Habersham Street eatery. She and her husband already own Johnson Marine Construction Co. Look for a cautious entry – then changes than will model Sol’s successful track but reflect Andrea’s own vision.

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Chef Andrew and Aileen Trice have had the patience of Job as the neighboring church completed a nearly year–long construction project that often left the little Angel’s BBQ on Oglethorpe Lane surrounded by cranes, orange hurricane fence and porta–johns.

The work is over and it’s time to get serious about some ’cue...or even some vegetarian–friendly faux–q.

Andy is the undisputed spiritual guide through the myriad of hot chile peppers. He’s always experimenting with a new hot sauce or two – and loves sharing his latest creations with devout chile heads. Check out the menu online at www.angels–

21 W. Oglethorpe Lane/ 495–0902