Five Surprising Southern Food Towns

Vault & Vator’s concealed location may be the surest sign of Greenville’s transformation into a true eat-and-drink destination—the owners, Joe and Darlene Clarke, were confident patrons wouldn’t balk at a bar squirreled away speakeasy-style in the West End. The cocktail cellar is just one of the assured additions to a downtown dining scene spurred by Soby’s, which introduced its refined Southern classics twenty years ago. Asheville’s White Duck Taco Shop and Biscuit Head have set up shop, while Charleston’s Husk and Fork & Plough—a butcher and luncheonette from High Cotton’s chef—are coming. Along Main Street, Ji-Roz makes Sunday mornings synonymous with saganaki and eggs, and Jianna whips up squid ink radiatori and other polished pasta. Best of all is the Anchorage, a West Greenville charmer showcasing the gentlest aspects of Blue Ridge cooking—mountain trout and butter beans are in good hands here. A food hall at the Commons aims to open next spring.

Lux Legacy – Albert Mertz – Hotel Hartness

Lux Legacy – Albert Mertz – Hotel Hartness

Albert Mertz has overseen lavish hotels in the most glamorous cities and locales in the world. Now he’s excited to be in Greenville taking the helm of a family legacy project – Hotel A new level of luxury is coming to Greenville with the opening of the Hotel Hartness on the city’s east side. The hotel’s General Manager Albert Mertz has worked with global brands such as Ritz-Carlton and Mandarin Oriental. As an experienced hotelier, he has a distinguished thirty-year history in all aspects of hotel management. TOWN magazine asked Mertz to showcase the vision for this new bespoke resort which will include places to drink, dine, spa, and stay.

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