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Friday, March 9, 2018
Grand opening of Morgan’s set for March 23rd, 2018
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Grand opening of
Morgan’s set for March 23rd
ABINGDON, VA. /
Morgan’s announced today that the upscale restaurant will open its doors on
2018 at 190 East Main Street, Abingdon, VA.
offer lunch, dinner, and Sunday Brunch featuring fresh seafood, handmade
pastas, local ingredients, and global inspirations. One of the featured menu
items, a Wattle Seed Spiced Tasmanian Salmon, melds traditional Appalachian
white bean and corn succotash with an Aboriginal Australian spice, wattle seed,
and Tasmanian Salmon. Tasmanian Atlantic Salmon comes from one of the purest
and most pristine environments in the world. Australia’s southernmost state is
renowned for its cool, clean waters which make it an ideal location for salmon
farming. Chef Stephen Gilbert will also feature lunch items such as a Bahn Mi,
a traditional Vietnamese pork sandwich with pickled vegetables and a jalapeno
and garlic marmalade. Brunch items will be a mixture of lunch and breakfast
items including Steak and Eggs and Shrimp and Grits.
concept will explore the idea of “Old world, new world, whole world,” which
utilizes traditional techniques of cooking, new technologies and styles, and
global influences. Through a love of travel and international culture, Chef
Gilbert has been taking influences from all over the world and creatively
presenting them using some of the freshest ingredients from the southwest
Virginia area. Menus are changed seasonally to
allow for the utilization of seasonal ingredients and to highlight chef
creativity. “Experimentation and presentation are the driving
points of our cuisine as we create seasonal menus and daily specials that
highlight the best flavors and ingredients of that season, as well as allowing
for creative explorations of these ingredients, says Chef Stephen Gilbert.”
A native of
Abingdon, Gilbert graduated from Southeast Culinary Institute in Bristol, VA
and began a career focused on fine dining in southwest Virginia. Since then,
Stephen has developed a clientele that has followed him and continues to follow
him wherever he goes. Stephen most notably has served as Executive Chef at The
Tavern, Sous Chef at Bristol Motor Speedway and Heartwood, and has worked at
House on Main.
The new restaurant
is named for Chef Steve's intrepid world-traveling wife Morgan, a local artist
and art educator whose love of exploring other cultures and talent for
documenting them in art photography will be on bold display throughout the
dining rooms. She is an art teacher at Lebanon High School and an art history instructor
at Virginia Highlands Community College in Abingdon. Her students are helping
make artisan style plates and bowls for the restaurant and will help her create
the prints of her travel photography.
Bar Manager and
Sommelier Heather Davis is thrilled to be bringing her years of experience
developing cocktail and wine programs in the San Francisco Bay Area home to
Abingdon. Morgan's theme of "Old World, New World, Whole World" is a
perfect fit with Ms. Davis's passion for pairing traditional international
spirits, beer, and wine with contemporary American cooking. Diners who belly up
to the bar at Morgan's are in for an adventurous world tour of time honored
classics and unique, rarely imported new finds.
"We want the
bar menu at Morgan's to read like a travel guide. Expect a metropolitan-style
craft cocktail menu that explores culinary combinations from all over the
world, a wine list offering familiar varieties from classic regions alongside
some rare exotic gems, and beer and spirits lists that celebrate old world
tradition and local innovation side by side."
Morgan’s is now
taking reservations for lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch by calling (276)
258-5632. Reservations are recommended.