Every restaurant has a story. But Watershed has a whopper of a tale that includes celebrities, ghosts of culinary icons past and a twist — a story 14 years in the making.
In its original Decatur location, Watershed cultivated a following for its Edna Lewis/Scott Peacock brand of Southern cooking. Watershed carved out a niche as an upscale Southern farm-to-table restaurant before such spots were trendy. Throw in the celebrity status of co-owner Emily Saliers of the Indigo Girls and Watershed quickly cemented its place in the hearts of Atlanta diners.
When Peacock resigned his post after 11 years in favor of other pursuits, the restaurant was faced with replacing a chef who had become a Southern culinary icon. It had the challenge of preserving a brand and a proven formula for success.
Watershed hired Joe Truex, a Lousiana-born chef who trained with culinary legend Daniel Boulud and who was making a name for himself at his own local restaurant,
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