Closing for the season? Temporary restaurant closings in the area


Current Kitchen and Cocktails on Wilmington Island

Savannah has never really much into the ‘seasonal closings’ thing.  Sure, maybe some spots out on Tybee Island have dramatically cut back their hours once the temperature dips, but typically you can always find spot to eat. Even if it was only on the weekends.

Times, as we know all too well, are different right now. The struggle for staffing continues across the board. 

Add to that a slower winter season and some untimely construction projects and you have a few area restaurants shutting their doors for a little bit.

Because people like to make their own conclusions when they read something that is crystal clear to the rest of us, we want to make this as clear as possible. 

The temporary closings we are sharing with you here are just that – temporary. 

All three spots are scheduled to return in 2022.

We are merely sharing the news because in 2 of the 3 cases, it has never happened before.

The Deck Beach Bar and Kitchen on Tybee Island 

The Deck, sister restaurant to Downtown’s The Collins Quarter and The Fitzroy has been forced to close for a bit due to an ongoing construction project at the swimming pool adjacent to the restaurant. Owner Anthony Debreceny told us what appears to be a seasonal shut down is a matter of happenstance.

“The first couple of years we had hurricanes.” he said “And we didn’t re-open after them. Last year it was COVID.” 

“I’d like to keep it open but with staffing the way that it is, even without the pool would be next to impossible.” 

Tybee Island’s only beachfront restaurant will be back in the Spring.

Current Kitchen and Cocktails on Wilmington Island

We fielded a few emails from panicked islanders because a rumor had spread two weeks ago that Current’s “last day” was coming. 

That turned out to be true, technically. The next day, Current announced via social media that the closure was for the season. They look to return in the Spring as well.


Troupial is a Venezuelan street food and coffee shop on Whitaker Street near Victory Drive. 

It is probably one of the great stories of the year on our food scene. On weekends, it’s a packed house in a very tiny space. That was part of the issue.

Majo Rodriguez, the owner and creator of the concept, told us early in 2021 that their plan was to eventually move into a restored house on 43rd street across Whitaker street from the current location. A huge Circa 1915 home that will be the permanent home of Troupial.

Their time in “The Garage” adjacent the Victory North event venue on Whitaker has come to an end. The new space isn’t ready yet. So, we wait. I reached out to Majo last week to get a feel for the timetable and she was non-commital. Which is absolutely understandable. 

“I’d love to give you more answers, but I am waiting for answers from the architects.” she said.  She does, however, believe it will be ‘weeks.’ Not longer.

In the interim, you can find some of their baked goodies at the Forsyth Park Farmers Market on Saturday mornings. 

Got anything you’d like to share?  We are always listening.

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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