Reopening of Oak 36, burrito spot near Pinkie’s

Ask anyone why they love Savannah and one of the likely answers will be food.

Every corner is full of restaurants and bars that cater to a variety of tastes. Luckily for locals and tourists alike, there is never a shortage of places to visit, especially when new businesses are setting up shop every month.

Here’s a roundup of recently opened restaurants, incoming restaurants to watch, and updates on your local favorites.

The Banh

36 rue Barnard.; lebanhcafe.com

Shuga Girl has taken the phrase “new year, new me” seriously. The pastry and crepe restaurant, owned by the Ele and the Chef restaurant group, has expanded and changed its name to a Bánh mì boutique with some Shuga Girl favorites still on rotation. On the menu are rice paper rolls, bowls, Thai iced teas and Vietnamese sandwiches.

Hours: Monday-Thursday 10am-8pm; Saturday and Sunday 10am-9pm

Oak 36

5500 Abercorn Street, Office 36; oakthirtysix.com

After temporarily closing due to a small kitchen fire on Jan. 11, Oak 36 co-owner Kara Ford said she hopes to reopen the doors by the end of February. Initial plans were to reopen a week after the fire, but the team quickly realized that the smoke damage was greater than they thought.

Following:Oak 36 Bar + Kitchen becomes Savannah’s new Southside spot

“We’re going to do a grand reopening to re-engage the community,” Ford said. “Everyone has been very supportive. We’ve heard a lot of positive feedback, and it seems like people really want us there, so that’s really good to hear.”

In the meantime, the team spoke with Oak 36 Executive Chef Jason Reyes to come up with new menu items such as soft tacos, chicken Florentine flatbread, the chef’s own shishito burger and spicy chicken hoagie, elote pasta, and Texas slow-cooked short ribs, to name a few.

Check Oak 36’s Facebook and Instagram for updates on grand reopening dates.

Burrito Pantano

314 Drayton Street.; burritospantanosav.com

This new burrito spot, formerly The Diplomat Luncheonette and then Leon’s Cafe, is located directly north of Pinkie Masters and offers nachos, salads, desserts, and—you guessed it—burritos with plenty of options.

The incoming Mexican spot is owned by chef Patrick Zimmerman, one of the founders of popular restaurants Betty Bombers, The Black Rabbit and now closed Butterhead Greens Cafe, and chef Billie Null who was previously at The Wormhole and Corleone’s.

“We’re going to have some really good food. It’ll be a little different. I’m not of Latin descent. I’m not claiming I’m going to make it seriously authentic, but I’ll probably get a bigger stab at some of that stuff being more authentic than a lot of places in town,” Zimmerman said. “I come from a foodie background, and I feel like sometimes the simplest is the best and I just use good ingredients, so that’s what we’re going to do.”

Scheduled opening: February 28

Hours: Monday-Friday 11am-10pm

Picker Joe’s Coffee & Vintage Soda Shop

217 E. 41st Street; pickerjoes.com

Now you can grab coffee, scoop ice cream, shakes and floats, while shopping for hidden gems inside Picker Joe’s Antique Mall & Vintage Market.

Hours: Monday–Saturday: 10am-6pm; Sunday: 12 p.m.-5 p.m.

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Laura Nwogu is a quality of life reporter for Savannah Morning News. Contact her at [email protected] Twitter: @lauranwogu_

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