A VIP dining experience in Albany, Georgia.
By Hope S. Philbrick
It’s surprisingly easy to feel special while dining at any of the Stewbo’s Restaurant Group locations. Not only does the company offer three upscale dining destinations, it can whisk you to The Catch, Harvest Moon or Henry’s Campbell’s Steakhouse in enviable style—for free.“We try to be good stewards for our town and promote safety,” says Bo Henry, who owns the restaurants with his business partner and brother-in-law Stewart Campbell. Thus complimentary rides in a Lincoln limousine are provided to any customer, from any hotel or house in Albany on Friday and Saturday nights. “If somebody does want to have a few drinks, we sure don’t want them driving or worrying about how they’ll get back and forth,” he says.
With over 40 craft beers available by the bottle, Harvest Moon “has the best craft beer selection south of Macon,”says Billy Mann, manager. “We’ve worked really hard to build it where it is.” Open since 2001, the casual pub has an energetic vibe that appeals to folks of all ages. Popular menu items include chicken pot pie, ‘Roasted Rooster’ pizza topped with pesto, spinach, caramelized onions, bacon, chicken, Parmesan and mozzarella cheese, and the ‘New Moon Ranch’ wrap with chicken, tomato, lettuce, red onions and creamy Parmesan ranch dressing.
Arriving at The Catch you’ll feel like you’ve stumbled upon some secret hideaway where only those in-the-know go, since the restaurant lacks a splashy sign out front and is instead marked only by a small silver fish. Locals know it signals the best seafood restaurant in town, but visitors could easily drive right by. “It’s more of a speakeasy type of place,” admits Henry. “We really depend on word-of-mouth marketing.” A vibrant energy fills the small dining room, which first opened in fall 2007. Panko-crusted grouper, crab cakes and shrimp and grits rank as the most popular menu items. “We serve all fresh seafood and get the freshest product we can get,” says Henry. Thus 90 percent of the seafood is sourced from Apalachicola, Florida, which is located less than three hours away. “We can get the freshest product right off the boats,” he says, adding that he serves seafood that was caught wild not farmed.
Elegant describes both the food and the surroundings at Henry Campbell’s Steakhouse. Open since December 2009, the restaurant has become a popular choice for special evenings. Known for its extensive wine list and high quality fare, menu favorites include filet, ribeye and pan-roasted Chilean sea bass. Opening an upscale restaurant in a down economy has its challenges, but “We felt like taking a chance,” says Henry of the decision. “You give it your best shot and you hope it works. We’ve been very fortunate.” Each bite confirms their decision.
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-Photos by Liz Gray Barfield
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