Husk Greenville to open in October

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Husk Greenville will open this October, according to a statement issued by Skelly Stevens of Polished Pig Media.

Construction at the long-anticipated restaurant at 722 S. Main St., Greenville, is well underway, as is hiring for the third Husk location to open in seven years.

Husk Savannah, located in the heart of Savannah’s Landmark Historic District at 12 W. Oglethorpe Ave., will open the first week of December 2017.

Following the success of the Husk concept opening in its original Charleston location in 2010, and the opening of the Nashville, Tenn., outpost in 2013, The Neighborhood Dining Group president, David Howard, was eager to introduce two new locations to continue celebrating the ingredients and cuisines of the South.

“We are excited to build our popular brand in two vibrant cities, renovate two more historic buildings, and create so many jobs in our communities,” David Howard says. 

Sean Brock | photo provided

Husk’s chef and partner Sean Brock has hired Jon Buck (Husk, Charleston) as chef de cuisine of Husk Greenville and Tyler Williams (Woodfire Grill, Atlanta) as chef de cuisine of Husk Savannah.

“Jon and Tyler both bring immense culinary talent and a true appreciation for preserving the relationships with local farmers, the land, and the ingredients that are essential to Southern heritage,” states Brock. “I am honored to be working with both chefs as we expand the Husk footprint across the South.”

Under the direction of Brock, Buck and Williams introduce the Husk concept and philosophy of sustainable and locally sourced dining and gracious hospitality in these new markets. Buck and Williams lead the menu creation and food sourcing, using the highest quality, seasonally driven bounty from local farmers and purveyors to create dishes with a distinct Southern identity, influenced by local Appalachian and Savannah Lowcountry flavors, respectively. Both chefs plan to bridge the gap between the foodways of their local area by sourcing indigenous ingredients and representing them on the plate in their truest historical form. These creative and expressive dishes will showcase a depth of flavor that will transport diners to a time of greater food integrity, honesty, and purity — cornerstones of the Husk philosophy.

The Neighborhood Dining Group team has hired Andrea Ciavardini as general manager and Joe Billesbach as manager/sommelier at Husk Greenville. Christian Chapman joins the Husk Savannah team as general manager, along with Heather Mitchell as assistant general manager. Ciavardini formerly held the position of general manager of Chicago’s, located in Atlanta, and Billesbach was the beverage director at Brennan’s in New Orleans. Both Ciavardini and Billesbach are certified sommeliers.

Chapman previously served as general manager of Minero Charleston, sister restaurant within The Neighborhood Dining Group portfolio. Mitchell was the general manager of Tiger Mama in Boston. In their roles as general manager at Husk Greenville and Husk Savannah, Ciavardini and Chapman are responsible for daily operations, staff training, and creating unforgettable guest experiences through flawless service, driving awareness to the restaurant’s twice-daily rotating menus and executing gracious hospitality.

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