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Apr 30

April 25, 2018 Update

Posted to President Street Project by Chris Parrish

Utility work on President Street and General McIntosh Boulevard is mostly complete.  Paving crews have moved to East Broad to mill asphalt and relay a new top layer asphalt.  The top of the hill on President Street and the area between Truman Parkway and the rail road tracks will be completed next making the surrounding areas blend with the new pavement on President Street and General McIntosh Boulevard.  Expect temporary lane closures as crews are finishing up milling, paving and painting lanes.  Substantial completion of the project should wrap up in May 2018.


Sep 09

Big Bon Bodega

Posted to WaterWays by Saja Aures

Bagels are deceptively simple. Flour, water, yeast, honey, salt…there’s not much to your basic bagel recipe, so it all comes down to the quality of each ingredient and the level of skillful technique possessed by the baker putting it all together. It’s part science, part artisty. I sat down with local baker and Big Bon co-founder Kay Heritage to learn more about creating the best bagel.

Big Bon bagel sandwich“Food is my love language,” Kay explained as we settled on stools at a counter inside the bright and cheery Big Bon Bodega on Bull Street. The Big Bon venture started up in 2016, as a food truck serving wood-fired pizza. Just a few months ago, Kay and co-founder Anna, who also happens to be her daughter, opened the Bodega, a neighborhood shop and eatery, which serves up a variety of tasty handmade bagels with a host of fixings and smears.

“I thought it would be fun to try bagels, but they definitely have a steep learning curve,” Kay said. The Big Bon team spent countless hours working on their recipes and baking technique, encouraged along the way by a supportive Savannah culinary community.

For a batch of 240 bagels, Big Bon bakers use 1.3 kg of City tap water. In addition to being a key ingredient that goes inside the bagel, water also has an important role to play on the outside of a bagel too. Before baking in a wood-fired oven, Big Bon boils their bagels in water lightly sweetened with local honey. Boiling sets the crust and helps create the signature chewiness of a great bagel. The longer a bagel boils, the more dense the interior and chewy the texture.

Kay said of Savannah water, “For us, the water is the best it could be. For baking, for brewing our coffee…we thought about taking extra steps to filter the water, but we haven’t had a reason.”

Check-out Big Bon

Big Bon Bodega
Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Location: 2011 Bull Street, Savannah GA 31401
Contact: bigbonfamily.com | hello@bigbonfamily.com | 912.349.4847



Do you know of a local business we should feature that uses City of Savannah tap water in their products or services? Drop a line to Saja Aures at saures@savannahga.gov to share your tip!