While this year has been a hard one for the restaurant industry, there are still some bright spots for the local dining scene. A new restaurant will be popping up shortly in the former Atlantic Restaurant location. Ardsley Station promises to be an inclusive restaurant for people to have fun, meet new friends and relax. Their vision is to be the “community living room” for Savannah, not pretentious but accommodating and authentic. Scout spoke with partner, Tyler Kopkas, to find out more about the team, food, drinks and vision of Ardsley Station.
Tyler, Seattle native, & his wife Kara moved with their 2 year old across the country in October for the opportunity of a lifetime. Partners and Savannah residents, Steve & Mary Paschall, wanted The Kopkas to be part of their vision at the corner of Drayton & Victory since Tyler has been in the restaurant business since he was 16. They are still in the early stages of constructing their vision but many decisions have already been made.
Scheduled to open early March 2021, you can expect “American Bistro” style food with some French (because the French know sauce!) and Pacific Northwest influence. The menu will evolve with the seasons with a few specials sprinkled in. The wine & cocktail menu will include some local favs, some of Tyler’s picks from the Pacific Northwest, as well as, the familiar favorites. Phase 1 will be dinner service 7 days a week with brunch and lunch being added later in the year.
They want to warm up the space and bring a symbiotic relationship with the outdoors, inside. For COVID precautions they are focused on making the outdoor space very inviting, stand up to the unpredictable weather of Savannah and create a canopy to separate diners from the busy streets surrounding the space. They also purchased the house in ruins next door, which will be demolished within a few months and will serve as parking until the long-term goals can be executed. Tyler would like to see the space evolve into an extension of Ardsley Station as a quick stop for coffee, sandwiches & snacks and easy take and bake meals.
Tyler has quickly been embraced by the notorious southern hospitality. He mentioned help from a few Savannah favorites like, Collins Quarters, Fat Radish, Fitzroy and has even received The Atlantic’s own, Jason Restivo’s blessing in the new endeavor. Scout can not wait to share more as this neighborhood gem comes to life.