"Oh, where am I going to sleep tonight?

Sez Abel Brown the sailor."


{Abel Brown: a tradition folk ballad & sea shanty about the,

generic everyday man sung while working.}


Abel Brown is a southern kitchen & oyster bar nestled in Surrey Center in Augusta, Ga. The name, much like our menu, is a nod to and celebration of our blended cultural roots. Authentic, yet refined, our ingredient-driven dishes are prepared and served with thought and respect. We pair clean and modern Southern cuisine with the charm & tradition reserved for high company.

 

CHEF & OWNER TODD SCHAFER

 

Todd Schafer began cooking at the age of 15. His affinity for cooking and passion for food was inspired by his mother, a great cook in her own right. He apprenticed at the Cloister in Sea Island, Ga, and attended the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York. Following graduation, Todd worked at Ciboulette in Atlanta under Chefs Jean Banchet and Thomas Coohill; at Provence in Washington D.C. under Yannick Cam; and at Pinot Blanc under Joachim Splichal in Napa Valley.


Todd opened Bistro 491 in his hometown of Augusta, Ga in 1999. The French restaurant revolutionized formal dining in the area through its stellar wine selection, impeccable staff, and farm-to-table seasonal menus. He closed Bistro 491 in May of 2014 to make way for his latest concept: Abel Brown Southern Kitchen & Oyster Bar.

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