Anchorage Inn adds new Chef, reopens historic social club

Introducing the Anchorage 1770 Inn's new Chef:, Byron Landis
Introducing the Anchorage 1770 Inn’s new Chef, Byron Landis

Pat Conroy once said “A recipe is a story that ends with a good meal.” At the Anchorage, every dish of fresh, comforting, Lowcountry cooking tells a story—and its guests listen with rapt anticipation. The Anchorage 1770 Inn is thrilled to announce the return of the Ribaut Social Club, a reservation-only social space for Beaufort locals and visitors to mingle over cocktails and impeccable regional cuisine. 

Owners Frank and Amy Lesesne’s aim is to capture the incorrigible spirit and convivial atmosphere of the original Ribaut Club, established at the Anchorage way back in 1891. In its heyday, the Club hosted performances, grand parties, dances and even gambling—a raucous getaway from buttoned-up social strictures of the time. The relaunch coincides with the arrival of Byron Landis, the historic Inn’s new executive chef who will elevate the cuisine at the historic award-winning boutique property. 

Byron’s culinary storytelling began as an apprentice chef in Overland Park, Kansas, where he logged 6,000 hours of experience. From there, he honed his skills at Kansas social clubs including Kansas City’s esteemed Carriage Club. Last March, Byron became a sous chef at Hilton Head’s Long Cove Club and immersed himself in the tastes of the Lowcountry. The Lesesnes are over-the-moon about his new role at the Anchorage, and can’t wait for their guests to enjoy his bold, perceptive take on local cuisine. 

Frank and Amy sat down with Byron to pick his brain about chefs he admires, the art of small plates, and how he envisions cuisine at the Ribaut Social Club. Visit this link at The Anchorage 1770 Inn to read more and to see what Byron said….