The University of Georgia Center for Continuing Education and Hotel’s made-from-scratch restaurant, the Savannah Room, is offering a three-course meal for $25 as part of Georgia Restaurant Week, July 17-23.
The menu includes favorites like Low Country shrimp and grits, grilled ribeye steak and the Savannah Room’s famous strawberry ice cream pie.
“Some say we’re a hidden gem. I want more people to realize it,” said Darrell Goodman, director of food and beverage at the Georgia Center. “I think this will give us an opportunity to get extra exposure to the local community.”
Georgia Restaurant Week features nearly 60 participating eateries from across the state. The event started in 2015 as a way to promote local restaurants. The week is sponsored by the Georgia Restaurant Association, which was formed in 2010.
The Savannah Room has a rich history in Athens as a host for governors, legislators and other visitors to Athens since 1957. For those who visit campus and the Georgia Center regularly, it’s a well-known stop. But many locals aren’t aware of the upscale dining available on the UGA campus, including a weekend brunch.
“I went to school here and I had no idea about the Savannah Room,” Goodman said. “It’s kind of ironic that I’m doing this now. There’s a fascinating history here and I think it’s important for us to connect with the local community.”