Pavillions at Plant Riverside District to open July 15, will include 4 new restaurants

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SAVANNAH, Ga (WSAV) – Part of an entertainment district that will create hundreds of jobs in the Hostess City is scheduled to open next month.

The Pavilions at Plant Riverside District are set to open on July 15.

The riverfront area will include activities for locals and tourists alike, and will bring four new restaurants to the area. The following, along with their concept description from the Plant Riverside District, are set to open on July 15 and are listed below:

  • District Smokehouse: Serving slow-smoked delicacies seasoned to perfection and delectable treats at our casual bar seating. Try the 14-hour slow-roasted pulled pork or our signature Brunswick Stew.
  • District Seafood: Seafarers head to District Seafood for premium ingredients and melt-in-your-mouth creations. Battered, buttered, fried or baked, we’ve got the flavor to send your taste buds into overdrive. 
  • Riverside Sushi: Here, sushi isn’t just an art form, it’s a cultural experience along the Savannah River. Our expert sushi artists are waiting to craft fresh, high-quality sushi rolls, best served alongside stunning views of the river.
  • Riverfront Biergarten: This classic Bavarian experience brings an entertaining and energetic spirit to Savannah’s new riverfront. Celebrate in true Bavarian style with lively Oktoberfest-inspired music, authentic German-style fare and a vast array of beer. 

The area will be open-air and will include music, Bellagio-style fountain shows timed with music and lights, and a kid-friendly dig area, where fossils can be unburied.

Construction was delayed on the Plant Riverside District due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Back in May, Hotelier Richard Kessler spoke with News 3 about the upcoming opening.

“The contractor obviously started losing some of their people that came from out of town. In some cases, they could not get here, in other cases, they would rotate people in and out,” said Kessler.

Kessler said the project has been eight years in the making. The grand opening was originally scheduled for late April.

Richard Kessler, the CEO & Chairman of the Kessler Enterprise, said the development will open in phases. In all, it has four pavilions that will offer outdoor dining for a dozen new restaurants, including the four set to open on July 15. Rooftop bars and retail stores are expected to open at some point as well.

The district will create hundreds of jobs during a time when so many people are in need.

Kessler said, “We will start with about 300 employees as we open, and then as the business builds and more occupancy happens, that number will build up to about 400 to 450 and maybe even 500.”

The Savannah native said he plans to employ 700 to 800 people within 12 months. Kessler added he is confident that business will do well in the beginning after months of families staying at home.

“This weekend, have you noticed how many people were out and walking? People trying to get into restaurants and eat? I mean it was impressive, frankly. It’s encouraging. Certainly, it’s not going to jump back to 100%, but I do believe that we’re now on the path to recovery.”

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