Choate Converts Historic Building into Hit Oyster Restaurant in Downtown Savannah
April 12, 2022
Choate Construction Company partners with owner, B&B Savannah, LLC, and Lynch Associates Architects to convert 27th Montgomery Street into The Darling Oyster Bar. Located near Savannah’s iconic City Market area, The Darling Oyster Bar is an expansion of B&B Savannah’s hit restaurant on famed King Street in Charleston, SC.
“It’s an incredible opportunity to be opening our new location in the heart of an area with such a rich history,” says Bobby Young, Co-Owner of The Darling Oyster Bar. “This building has played an active role in Savannah’s City Market area, and we look forward to continuing its legacy of serving the community for years to come.”
Constructed in the 1800s, this 130-year-old historic building has been integral to the development of Savannah’s community, serving the area as a cigar factory, boarding house, and antique store. This adaptive reuse and historic renovation and restoration project will bring community residents and visitors a vibrant dining destination, complete with two full-service bars, a raw bar, and ample dining space with private dining options on the first and second floors.
In addition to preserving much of the building’s original brick and stucco features, the main dining room will showcase a dramatic, two-story ceiling that mimics the inside of a wooden ship through high-quality millwork. The original wood beams from the main dining area are also being salvaged and milled into custom wood flooring for the first and second floor. Complete restoration of the exterior includes masonry and stucco repairs, as well as new mahogany and steel storefront systems.
Due to the age and inherent character of a building that has survived more than 100 years, nearly every aspect is customized to fit the existing space properly, including windows, MEP systems, flooring, and millwork.
“The beauty of historic renovations is that no matter how many you’ve worked on in the past, there are unique challenges requiring creativity and teamwork waiting for you daily on the next project,” shares Neal Eike, Choate Construction Project Manager. “This creative project preserves a piece of local history and brings it into the present while helping to revitalize the neighborhood with a unique dining experience.”
Choate Construction began mobilization of the project in late 2021, with the project expected to be complete in the summer of 2022. The Darling Oyster Bar hopes to welcome guests in Q4 of this year.
About Choate Construction Choate Construction Company is one of the largest nationally recognized general contractors in the southeast with offices in Atlanta, Charleston, Charlotte, Nashville, Raleigh, and Savannah. Founded in 1989, 100% employee-owned Choate Construction specializes in both ground-up and interior construction, believing success is driven by its relationships and reputation. Choate has built a resume of projects large and small, across the nation in multiple market sectors. From its innovative OneLife safety program to its efforts to “Build Up” the communities in which it serves, the heart of Choate is its people. Please visit www.choateco.com for more information.