A rendering shows what the interior of Seafood R’evolution will look like.
A rendering shows what the interior of Seafood R’evolution will look like.
RIDGELAND - Two renowned chefs have announced a plan to open Seafood R'evolution - an upscale restaurant they say will offer a cultural fusion of foods and flavors that have shaped the Gulf Coast's culinary scene - at the Renaissance at Colony Park.

John Folse and Rick Tramonto were featured guests Wednesday morning at the unveiling ceremony for the restaurant, which they say could open as early as this fall.

The duo are owners of the original Restaurant R'evolution, which they opened in 2012 in the Royal Sonesta Hotel on Bienville Street in New Orleans' French Quarter. Earlier this month, USA Today named it of the 10 best foodie spots in the Crescent City.

"With restaurant opening possibilities being offered to us, we could not afford not to look at the south," Folse said Monday. "Restaurant R'evolution had already delighted patrons in New Orleans, so why not make the right decision and put our second location near home base? It wasn't long after restaurants like Parlor Market, Walker's Drive-in, Table 100, Char, the newly opened Manship and Brunos opened that we started to turn our attention to the Jackson metropolitan area."

Folse and Tramonto are well-known in the culinary community. Folse has received numerous national and international awards over his 30-year career, including being named National Chef of the Year by the American Culinary Federation.

Tramonto, who is also an author with eight titles to his credit, earned acclaim as executive chef and founding partner at Chicago eatery Tru. He's been featured in the both the New York Times and Bon Appetit, a popular culinary magazine, and served as a judge on Bravo's Top Chef television show.

On Wednesday, the duo said the menu for Seafood R'evolution will offer seafood specialties including fresh Gulf fish, filleted or served whole from the wood-fired grill. They also said there will be an award-winning steak program, as well as fowl and game dishes, plus a selection of regional sandwiches and a New Orleans staple - po'boys.

"Nothing is more important to us than the cuisine and history of the state of Mississippi. The perfect place, at the right time, to establish our new Seafood R'evolution restaurant," Folse said. "We hope in our small way we can join the revolution that is taking place in this region."

The building, which is being designed by The Johnson Studio in Atlanta and built by architect Bill Johnson, will be next to Sand Dollar Lifestyles. The Johnson Studio has designed a 10,000-square-foot establishment that will seat 317, including two dining rooms, a raw bar, three private rooms, an outdoor patio for dining and a Bar R'evolution.

Plans for the wine cellar should allow for storage of up to 4,000 bottles.

Governor Phil Bryant, who also attended Wednesday morning's event, lauded the announcement and the 150 jobs he said it will bring as the beginning of the "new culinary epicenter of the South."