Watershed restaurant, an award-winning Southern-inspired eatery that pioneered the Decatur dining scene when it hung its shingle on a converted gas station 13 years ago, is re-locating to The Brookwood, a 219-unit, mixed-use condominium community located on Peachtree Street in the heart of the historic Brookwood neighborhood. The move will empower owners Ross Jones, Indigo Girls’ Emily Saliers and Chef Joe Truex to realize their dream of growing the business with private dining, a patio and a wealth of parking.
They plan to maintain the integrity of the Watershed brand, including the inspired cuisine of acclaimed Chef Truex, while updating it with a modern sensibility reflective of the new location. Diners can expect to see General Manager Jones on the floor and Chef Truex in the kitchen of this Smith Hanes-designed 175-seat jewel. If you look at the photos above, the restaurant will be located on the right corner of the building.
“It’s a new day in the neighborhood for the Atlanta family and foodie community and I am thrilled to be a part of it,” said Saliers. “I can’t wait to bring family and friends out to the new location to taste Chef Truex’s new menu.”
With the new location – set to open in Spring 2012 – comes a refined editing of the menu. Truex plans to update Watershed’s Southern-inspired cuisine with flavors from the Georgia Coast to the Louisiana Bayou and everything in between including the diverse ethnic flavors found throughout the South. The restaurant will continue to boast an expansive wine program – including the monthly wine club tastings – and bring back Fried Chicken Night with a twist.
The toque was tapped to Truex in 2010 with the departure of long-time chef Scott Peacock. A Louisiana native, Truex came to Watershed after closing his award-winning eatery, Repast. With a degree from the Culinary Institute of America his career has taken him from New Orleans to New York and Basel, Switzerland. He came to Atlanta as executive chef of the Swissôtel and later Château Élan Winery and Resort in Braselton, before opening Repast in 2005.