Reeling from the success of Restaurant R’evolution in New Orleans, chefs John Folse and Rick Tramonto determined to establish the second R’evolution concept near their cornerstone property. And, why not? The “foodie” South was exploding with culinary talent. Katie Button had recently moved her New England operations to Asheville, North Carolina. Frank Stitt had sewn up Birmingham with his southern classics. Charleston, South Carolina was emerging as a must-dine culinary destination. In Mississippi, John Currence had taken Oxford by storm and the restaurant scene was flourishing in Jackson with fabulous, locally owned establishments such as Walker’s, Manship, Parlor Market, Char, Anjou, Shapley’s and Table 100, all of which were creating exceptional food and dining experiences.
Obviously, the emerging culinary epicenter of the South lay just off I-55 in the heart of Mississippi. The hospitable business environment of Mississippi had seen economic growth in the medical, automobile, space and educational communities. The only thing missing was an upscale seafood restaurant.
Mississippi offered a contemporary clientele hungry to continue their centuries-old legacy of luxurious dining and hospitable entertaining. Renaissance at Colony Park in Ridgeland, which had captivated the attention of Lee Michael’s Fine Jewelers, Apple, Barnes & Noble and other national brands, had positioned them well to make Madison County the perfect home for Seafood R’evolution.