A much-anticipated new restaurant slated for Silo Square came close to reality on Monday, gaining approval from the Southaven Planning Commission.
The commission has given the green light to the site plan for Georgia Blue. The 12,000 square foot restaurant will have a second floor and alfresco dining area and will be located on the southwest corner of Getwell Road and May Boulevard.
“There haven’t been any major revisions, just a few small tweaks,” said Brian Hill, developer of Silo Square. “And I know they’re chomping at the bit to begin with.”
Georgia Blue serves a unique menu that features Southern-style catfish, Po Boy sandwiches, pasta dishes, shrimp and grits, rib eye and has its own line of distilled bourbon, vodka and tequila. Georgia Blue.
The Silo Square location will be the Mississippi-based chain’s fifth location. Georgia Blue also has sites in Madison, Flowood, Brookhaven and Starkville.
“The Georgia Blue is a phenomenal restaurant,” said Hill. “I have eaten there several times. If I go through Jackson, that’s where I stop and eat. The menu is extensive and they do a great job.
Mayor Darren Musselwhite, who has been pushing to bring Georgia Blue to Southaven, said the restaurant, with its fun atmosphere and live music events, would be a very nice addition to Silo Square.
“We were happy to recruit them because their business model fits perfectly into an entertainment district and has a menu different from anything that was previously in Southaven,” said Musselwhite.
Hill said he has yet to see the interior design, but added that the owner is very creative when it comes to developing a unique theme.
“Madison’s location is a very nice place and the owner does all of the design himself,” Hill said. “The atmosphere will be great and I assure you it will be something cool and the food will be out of this world.”
Hill said Georgia Blue will be open by the end of 2022.
“I’m going to say that as fast as they can get a satisfactory estimate from a contractor and get a break in time, we’ll see shovels in the ground,” Hill said. “They’ve auctioned it off now and expect to open bids in early January. I hope they can start soon.