The Hall family is expanding their restaurant group and we will soon have a new Vic’s to love…Vic’s River Grill. The Halls hope to open this new location sometime this month (February 2022). But as everything in the last couple of years, it is said while keeping fingers crossed. The restaurant at 19 E. River Street is about coming “full circle” for the family. Most people do not know this but many years ago Bill Hall actually operated a restaurant called “The River Grill” in this exact location. They ended up losing the lease after an electrical fire. In fact, the charred beams on the second floor are a constant reminder of the wild, fast, and furious roller coaster ride that is life. So, it only made sense (if only in a poetic justice way of sorts) that they give life back to that original concept. The name is simple but what it encompasses is all.
Sometimes Savannahians will shy away from the River Street scene and opt for a more locals-only spot. To that I say, “A restaurant’s atmosphere sets the stage, and this beautiful interior is anything but chaotic.” So pull up a seriously, stylish seat, kick back, relax and enjoy some music while allowing Executive Chef Michael Semancik to showcase his impressive pedigree.
Look for Vic’s River Grill to open very soon and in the meantime learn a little more about Vic’s from William Hall the owner’s son and acting General Manager.
Can you share a little about the space?
The entrance to the main dining room and bar is on River Street. So, think big, old, dark, cotton warehouse built in the 1800’s turned bright, exciting, fun, upscale but also casual place to relax, eat, drink, and forget all of your worries. At least for a bit…
The second floor has two large balconies overlooking the Savannah River and is the perfect place to enjoy a nice meal or host a private event.
Tell us a little about the menu offerings and what distinguishes the new location from the Vic’s on the River?
Think of VRG as the younger, smaller, more modern, more casual, more upbeat, little sister to Vic’s on the River. When we opened Vic’s originally it was very important to us that no matter your attire, casual to cocktail, you would feel comfortable all the same. In that sense VRG isn’t different. However, the menu at VRG will showcase more seafood forward dishes while also still paying homage, in one way or another, to our Southern and Cajun roots. To complement our Food Menu, we will have a small but eclectic beverage program designed specifically to pair well with each of our dishes.
What sets VRG apart?
In November of 2021 we welcomed Michael Semancik to our team, as the Executive Chef on this project. Michael has over 25 years of industry experience and has been an acting EC in many highly acclaimed restaurants in popular city’s such as Houston, Atlanta, Charleston, New Orleans, and Savannah. His passion for seafood as well as his time spent in New Orleans as well as Charleston made him a great fit for this concept as well as our brand. He really helped bring our vision to fruition and we are very excited to have him on our team.
Is there a plan for live music, specialty nights, etc.?
Like Vic’s on the River, VRG will have live music 7 nights a week. Each Monday is someone’s Friday, so it was important that we offer the same experience to all guests no matter the day. Not to mention we have a beautiful brand-new piano that we are very excited to showcase.
Please tell us how people can utilize this large space for group gatherings and who they would call or email to reserve?
We have two beautiful dining rooms overlooking the Savannah River that can be booked for private events. For more information you can email your questions or request to email@example.com.