Brad and Havird Usry are known for their Fat Man’s soul food and top notch catering, but the other side to this dynamic duo is their dedication to a healthy lifestyle. For years, the two envisioned opening a local fast-food restaurant that served healthy, gourmet salads, grain bowls, and fresh smoothies – a concept they could see a demand for in rapidly-growing downtown Augusta. In the summer of 2018, The Southern Salad opened on Broad Street under the management of Augusta local, Chef Jeremy Miller, and Havird.
The restaurant uses farm-to-table sources, growing its own Clean Greens using hydroponic farming techniques, and buying from local suppliers when possible. The Southern Salad has become known for its friendly service, its fresh, seasonal gourmet menu and healthy snack options. The welcoming restaurant is also a vibrant and supportive community hub, promoting sustainability and stewardship, and actively engaging in local health-focused organizations, including Paceline and Augusta Locally Grown. The Southern Salad offers catered dining options and a venue for private events. And while the interior is beautiful, nothing beats enjoying the laid-back atmosphere of their back patio featuring a custom designed hand-painted mural, covered seating, and the Ellis Street Garden.