Celebrity Chef Opening “Gilbert’s Underground Kitchen” in Fernandina

New Fernandina restaurant, Gilbert’s Underground Kitchen, will feature “Seasonal Southern neighborhood dining” plus international cuisine by celebrity Chef Kenny Gilbert (of BRAVO’s “Restaurant Wars” Top Chef challenge).

Gilbert's Underground Kitchen on 8th Street, Fernandina
Gilbert’s Underground Kitchen to open in Fernandina (former Merge restaurant space).

New Restaurant Opening On Amelia Island

In 2010 Executive Chef Kenny Gilbert was seen on TV, braving BRAVO’s “Restaurant Wars” challenge in the “Top Chef D.C.” competition.

However, way back in the 90s, he was here on Amelia Island at the Ritz in its early days. By 1997, Gilbert was “Chef de Cuisine” at The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island’s restaurant, The Grill.

Now in 2015, Chef Kenny Gilbert has chosen Fernandina Beach for his latest new venture, opening in March.

Southern Hospitality Plus International Cuisine Specials

Chef Kenny Gilbert “brings seasonal Southern neighborhood dining to Fernandina Beach,” plus international flavor in his new restaurant, Gilbert’s Underground Kitchen (904)310-6374. International specials will feature Italian, Asian, Mediterranean, Caribbean, Indian, Latin, etc., “based on his travels and career.”

The eatery, occupying the building at corner of Elm and 8th Street, will also host invited chefs who will create menu specials (the restaurant will be a “culinary think tank for local and traveling talent”).

UPDATE: The restaurant has announced its grand opening on March 4, 2015. Gilbert’s initial operating hours are:

— Dinner served Wednesday through Monday (6 pm – 10 pm).
— BBQ Express lunch served on Fridays (11 am to 2 pm)
— Brunch served on the weekend, Saturdays and Sundays (10:30 am -2 pm).

Browse the restaurant’s menu and make online reservations at Gilbert’s Underground Kitchen’s new website, or call 904-310-6374. To connect with the restaurant on Facebook, visit Gilbert’s Underground Kitchen’s new FACEBOOK page.