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Inside Bulloch Business Gee Das gives downtown dining a boost
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Downtown Statesboro welcomes Gee Da's Table as its newest addition.

Gee Da's Table is located in the former Chop's restaurant at 30 West Main and is owned by Statesboro native, Andy Aldred. Gee Da's is named for Andy's father, the late Skip Aldred. It is the nickname given to Skip by his grandchildren. In the restaurant they have added Gee Da's actual table from his home where lots of family memories were created.

"This building has a rich history not only in the community but within my family," Aldred said. "Naming the restaurant after my dad is a tip of the hat to dad and his vision for and love of Statesboro. I want this restaurant to be as warm and inviting as their home was to all of us growing up. My dream is that Gee Da's will become the gathering place for our community to enjoy wonderful fellowship and great food."

More than three decades ago, Skip and his wife Judy, inspired by a visit to Europe, began the process of renovating the building to include upscale, loft apartments, which remain wildly popular. He was certainly ahead of his time with this project and no question it has become a centerpiece in the revitalization of West Main Street. It took two more decades to complete Skip's full vision of the building by adding a restaurant at street level.

There is no other restaurant in Statesboro with a more desirable and inviting atmosphere that includes exposed brick walls and the century old hard wood floors.

Andy Aldred was first introduced to the restaurant industry as an investor and operator of The Down Under Restaurant in Amelia Island. After returning to Statesboro, Aldred has enjoyed a prosperous career as a realtor for Coldwell Banker and plans to continue with real estate full time.

However, he had a desire to see the restaurant brought back to life and has assembled a talented team led by Executive Chef Sebastian Alzate, a graduate of La Cordon Bleu which is located in his hometown of Miami. Front End Manager Andrew Riddick, a graduate of GSU, is also well established in the Statesboro restaurant scene.

Chef Sebastian defines the restaurant as a "new American Bistro that has an upscale but casual feel with a fine dining influence." The menu is filled with locally sourced products and the best ingredients available and is regionally influenced.

A few of the chef's favorite dishes for lunch include the Cuban, a Fried Green Tomato and Gee Da's Club sandwiches. Their goal is to offer a delicious quick lunch for around $10 including daily specials and even traditional blue plate items.

For dinner, the Crispy Pork Osso Buco will leave you craving more. It includes a perfectly cooked pork shank served with roasted parsnip puree, honey glazed crispy Brussel sprouts, pickled onion and Au Jus.

The dinner menu includes vegetarian, pasta and catch of the day entrees that will be updated often.

Gee Da's Table has daily happy hour specials in their bar area and a bar snack menu which is perfect for folks who want to stop over after a long day at the office before heading to their next event.

I have sampled several of the menu items and was delightfully surprised. The building looks as good as ever and the wait and bar staff are well trained and hospitable.

Since fire destroyed South and Vine combined with the closing of Chop's earlier this year, the downtown restaurant scene has taken a hit. The opening of Gee Da's Table and the continued success of 40 East Grill and the Hall along with the growing popularity of Sugar Magnolia and Eagle Creek Brewery things are really looking up for downtown again as a dining and entertainment destination.

Hope to see you dining downtown soon.

Please email DeWayne at dgrice@statesboroherald.com or give him a call at (912) 489-9499.

 

 

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