SAVANNAH, Ga. (WTOC) - Hundreds celebrated the official opening of the new Plant Riverside District on Savannah’s waterfront.
The new entertainment district includes new opportunities for Savannah residents and guests to shop, dine, and play on the city’s waterfront. Tourism officials are calling the new area a game-changer.
Plant Riverside District is located on the west end of River Street across from the Alida Hotel. The new area promises to offer iconic experiences with new restaurants, bars, attractions, and special events.
Over the last several years, crews have been hard at work revitalizing this area of the waterfront.
WTOC spoke to the Visit Savannah President who says work is also being done near the east end of River Street as well as on Hutchinson Island, which means there is a lot to look forward to when it comes to the city's waterfront.
“That’s unprecedented for any city, but particularly Savannah. So, we have a lot to look forward after this craziness has ended,” said Joseph Marinelli, Visit Savannah President.
Richard Kessler, Chairman and CEO of The Kessler Collection, has been waiting for this day since buying the former power plant in 2014.
“Exuberant, exuberant. I mean, after eight years of this, and working through...all the things we had to work through,” Kessler said. “It’s truly an entertainment center, 419 rooms for your guests. It’s also a getaway for locals. It’s like coming to another city when you come here. Savannah doesn’t have anything like this, never has.”
Helping to celebrate the Plant Riverside District opening was Georgia Lieutenant Governor Geoff Duncan, along with current and former elected leaders in Savannah, who all worked with Kessler as the project developed.
“No one can doubt the redevelopment of west River Street has forever, everybody says forever, forever changed this landscape. And we’re blessed to be here today to see it happen,” Savannah Mayor Van Johnson.
In addition to repurposing the historic structure, the developer added unique touches like original art and sculptures, fountains and moon lights to add to the experience for visitors.
Here is the list of retail, food & beverage outlets opening on July 29:
- FOOD AND BEVERAGE
- Baobab Lounge
- Turbine Market + Café
- Electric Moon Skytop Lounge + Moon Deck
- District Seafood
- District Smokehouse
- Riverside Sushi
- Riverside Biergarten
- Byrd’s Famous Cookies
- Savannah Square Pops
- Sweet Charlie’s
- Southern Tide
- J. Parker LTD
For additional Plant Riverside District information, click here.