Travelers Rest – Entering its third year serving some of the south’s most authentic, creative and thoughtfully-crafted cuisine, Restaurant 17 officially announced Gregory McPhee as its new Executive Chef today. McPhee, who joined 17 from noted chef Sean Brock’s kitchen at Husk, will implement several changes over the coming months, refining a progressive culinary approach that’s earned Restaurant 17 plaudits both locally and nationally.
“Greenville has such a vibrant food culture and I’m ecstatic to be associated with one of its crown jewels,” said McPhee. “We hope to build on that reputation with subtle but meaningful changes; taking Restaurant 17’s Fait Maison philosophy – the focus on honest, locally sourced food – and interpreting that idea in some new ways. We think diners will find a fresh and more approachable dining experience.”
Specific changes will include new tasting and bar menus, community seating options in the dining room, and expanded Cafe 17 retail offerings.
Friends Menu / Table
The first change guests will notice is the addition of two large farm-style tables in the center of Restaurant 17’s dining room. Designed to seat larger parties, the farm tables are an ideal venue for a new tasting menu to be curated daily by the 17 staff. Seasonal ingredients and larger, sharable proteins like whole black bass that aren’t feasible as individual plates will be prepared with a light touch that puts the focus squarely on the abundance of locally-available fresh ingredients.
In keeping with 17’s casual ethos, the new bar menu offers patrons looking to grab a quick bite the option to do just that. Burgers, small plates like the lamb meatball flatbread and salads highlight a menu perfect for guests popping in after a round of golf or a bike ride in the surrounding hills.
Expanded Retail offerings at Cafe 17
Breads, pastries, sandwiches and other goods produced in-house will be offered along with an expanded selection of goods from local purveyors in an effort to provide area residents with an alternative to driving into town for everyday food needs. The cafe will continue to offer a full menu of coffee and espresso drinks and is open daily from 7am to 3pm.