I realized I haven’t talked about Broughton Street yet, for those who don’t know! It’s one of the more tourist-friendly streets today, only a couple of streets south of River Street. Evidently several years back, though, it used to be almost a ghost town of closed up buildings. Some stores started coming in with the enticement of inexpensive rent, and one of the first restaurants to come back in was Il Pasticcio (of which I have the tiled name that is in front of the building), which has since closed (the site where it was is currently under construction).
After that point, though, they renovated the Marshall House, SCAD started using the Trustee’s theater that they had bought, and franchises started coming back in. Now it’s one of the most popular streets in Savannah for shopping and various celebrations. The Trustee’s theater, which hosts the Savannah Film Festival, concerts, and other events is on it, right next to Leopold’s ice cream, the best known ice cream place in town. The Savannah Bee Company, with local and unusual honeys, has a location on Broughton Street.
There are franchised restaurants like Starbucks, Panera, Subway, and others, and there are stores like Earthbound Trading Company, Civvies, and the Paris Market. It’s also a common place to see carriage tours pass through! It plays host to the International Festival, the Savannah Film Festival, and many of the parades Savannah has (including the St. Patrick’s Day parade), among other celebrations.