Orleans Bistro taking over Savannah's space
Gone are the fried green tomatoes, but make way for crab cakes and jambalaya. Ricky P's Orleans Bistro is opening in January in the former home of Savannah's Cafe at 1113 Central Ave. Rick Parsons is the Ricky behind the new restaurant as well as Ricky P's Po Boy Shops at 6521 Fourth St. N and at Bob Lee's Tire Co. at 1631 Fourth St. N. "Growing up in New Orleans I learned the craft through working in several restaurants," he said. "My mother was full-blooded Cajun and cooking was always a big part of growing up. I started making roux and gumbo when I was barely out of diapers.'' He plans to have a quiet opening in six weeks and a grand opening in mid February. The restaurant will have 150 seats inside and another 40 outside. The upstairs loft will be called the Oyster Deck with a raw bar, boiled shrimp and televisions for watching sports. Downstairs, the more formal menu will offer fresh seafood and steak and classics such as a Cajun corn crab bisque and red beans and rice with sausage.
Katherine Snow Smith
Chamber awards dinner costs $45
The Seminole Chamber of Commerce plans to send invitations shortly for its annual installation and awards banquet on Jan. 21, beginning with cocktails at 6 p.m. Tickets cost $45 per person. Awards will be presented to the new Mr./Ms. Seminole, Merit Award winner, Boss of the Year and Business of the Year. Nomination forms were sent with the December newsletter and are available at the chamber office.