Look out Milledgeville, there is a new seafood restaurant in town. Legends Seafood & Grill on North Columbia Street opened June 23.
“Busy, busy,” said Angela Williams, co-owner of Legends Seafood & Grill, when describing the restaurant’s opening weekend. “We were slammed on the first day.”
After the first week, Angela and Rance Williams caught the flow and began to thrive.
The Williamses’ dream of owning a restaurant started roughly three years ago. They were looking for a location for their vision downtown, but the space could not accommodate their dream. The building that formerly housed Bojos had the Williamses’ name written all over it.
“…It was a well-known building and when they closed I was like ‘oh man they closed,’” Williams said. “We actually met the owners — they came and had dinner here on one of our soft openings — and it was a bittersweet moment for them because they know the building how it used to look.”
The location also suited the needs of the community in the area because there are not as many choices for restaurants around the lake in Baldwin County. The choice to serve seafood stemmed from the Williams love for seafood, especially low country boils.
The learning curve the Williamses faced from managing Gateway Healthcare and managing Legends met at a certain point — the people. Over the three years of planning Legends, the Williamses mentally prepared potential criticism.
“We would have talks with each other … so we kind of prepared ourselves for criticism, which is good because it helps you grow and helps you get better,” Williams said. “So I take the criticism as a way to help grow our team.”
Teamwork is extremely important at Legends because it helps the team grow and learn. So, too, is learning from mistakes to make the experience for the customer better.
The Williamses wanted to build Legends because there is not a restaurant like it in the surrounding area. As a family, the Williamses would travel to Atlanta to see family and took inspiration from their favorite restaurants there and wanted to bring that to Milledgeville.
A highlight featured at Legends is the front patio and the live entertainment. During the first week, Legends hosted three DJs and a live band. That is something Williams said will continue, more often during the weekends.
Live entertainment has also helped Legends draw a bigger crowd. The atmosphere of the patio coincided with the vision they had for Legends. Along with live music on the patio, there is also an outside bar area.
Currently, Legends is working on specials and deals. Coming up, Williams said that they will serve crab bowls and crab legs on the weekends.
The husband and wife team said they hope Legends provides excellent food with a fun atmosphere.
“That's the whole atmosphere of Legends — come have a good time get you something good to eat and everybody have a great time,” Williams said.