You may have seen some spirits roaming around the former Leoci’s space at 606 Abercorn Street. What’s to come in May of this year sounds hauntingly good! In fact, The Haunt is the newest project by Clay Ehmke, founder of vegan café Fox & Fig. Clay is furthering his plant-based concepts by putting a hyper focus on the region’s history and foods that are native to the area. We’re talking many varieties of foraged mushrooms, medicinal herbs, heirloom varieties of vegetables, wild fermented foods and a general push back to the forest. Fresh, healthy, local and delicious!
You can expect the space to feel like a “Forager’s Hideout,” complete with a wood-fired oven which will be a focus of the menu. There will be plenty of open outdoor space that is so important in this pandemic. Clay envisions, “old glass medicine bottles you’d find in the woods at every table with flowers by Billy’s Botanicals in them, mushroom shelves acting as wall candelabras, ethically foraged skulls and bones of our local feral pig population over the top of the bar. It will feel cozy and warm like a cabin you’d find deep in the forest.”
And the menu will have a similar woodsy vibe with foraged and fermented foods, very hearty dishes, casseroles and smashed potatoes with sauerkraut, black garlic ranch on organic greens. Clay is real excited about the wood-fired paninis, pizzas and pastas and working with our local farmer friends such as Gannon, Vertu, Swampy Appleseed, Billy’s, to name a few. The space will also be the new full-time home for Greg’s Famous Hot Sauces.
With plant based menu items like Buttermilk Chicken Of The Woods Sliders, rosemary marinated artichoke sandwich and desserts like Forbidden Fruit (oat milk hotcakes, organic berries and Vermont maple-coconut creme) it’s sure to be spooky good. And don’t forget the cocktail program which is putting an emphasis on “herbalism” and “plant medicine,” kind of witchy and shamanic, without culturally appropriating.
A haunt is a place that one frequents, we’re sure they will be just that for the local community. And it doesn’t hurt that it fits right in to Savannah’s haunted history and charm.