Sbraga Dining’s new restaurant will celebrate the harvest of the South
July 30, 2015 — Jacksonville, Fla. — Celebrated chef Kevin Sbraga is expanding his eponymous restaurant group to include Sbraga & Company, a new restaurant that will open this fall at 220 Riverside Avenue in Jacksonville’s Brooklyn neighborhood. The restaurant will offer shareable small plates and entrées, an innovative bar program, house-made breads, and a raw bar.
With approximately 50 percent of the menu dedicated to Southern crops and grains, the restaurant will showcase the versatility of regional ingredients and Sbraga’s passion for modern American culinary techniques.
“The harvest of the South offers a bounty of delicious fruits, grains, and vegetables, but they’re often overlooked for expected dishes like barbecue and fried chicken in Southern cooking,” said Sbraga. “While you might see some Southern classics on my menu, I want to put the focus back on the crops.”
A wood fire grill will be a key component of the Sbraga & Company kitchen with meat, seafood, and vegetables coming off of the hearth. The bar menu, bread program, and raw bar will also draw inspiration from Southern ingredients. The bar will offer classic and original cocktails made with fresh, seasonal fruits and herbs, plus cocktails incorporating shrubs (infusions crafted from fruit, sugar and vinegar); a modest, yet diverse menu of 10 draught beers; 16 wines by the glass; and a handpicked selection of wines by the bottle. Daily house-made bread offerings will include Southern staples like cornbread, angel biscuits, and beer bread. The raw bar will feature traditional items, such as shrimp, clams, and oysters, as well as modern interpretations of steak and vegetable tartare, crudos, and ceviches.
For Chef Kevin Sbraga, this new restaurant represents more than an expansion of his successful dining group. The opening of Sbraga & Company will mark a return to the South for the Johnson & Wales University Miami graduate whose grandmother was born in the River City. Sbraga’s decision to put his name on the restaurant is a symbol of his passion for Jacksonville’s culinary community, as well as his vision: to create a restaurant where guests can mingle and connect with friends, family, and neighbors.
“We want a meal at Sbraga & Company to be an experience that goes beyond sitting down and eating dinner,” said Sbraga. “When you visit my restaurant, you’re in my home and I want you to feel welcomed as my company. I want you to sit back and have a great time.”