Next Stop: The Story of a Restaurant
Construction of Gray, A Savannah, Ga., Restaurant at an art deco former Greyhound bus terminal, is a story worth telling. And two partners – Mashama Bailey, a chef from New York (though she spent some of her childhood in Saavn) who once cooked in Prune, and John O., an entrepreneur from Staten Island with no restaurant experience. Morrisano relates this effectively. Dialogue leaked with some recipes. They had many pits along the way, both personal and professional, with construction, staffing, food supplies, customers and races to do. Whether or not to maintain a sign called the “colored waiting room”, amid challenges in replacing and restoring the 1938 bus terminal. (No spoilers from me.) This is not something that will be dealt with most sparingly, but the story is worth reading as a handbook to build a restaurant from scratch.
“Black, White and the Gray: The Story of an Unexpected Friendship and a Beloved Restaurant“By Mashama Bailey and John O. Morrisano (Lorena Jones Books, $ 28).