Johno Morisano

The Grey

Johno Morisano is the owner of The Grey in Savannah, GA, in partnership with acclaimed chef Mashama Bailey. Since opening in December 2014, The Grey itself has earned a number of accolades, including being named a Food & Wine Restaurants of The Year, one of Eater’s 21 Best New Restaurants in America, one of Bon Appétit’s 50 Best New Restaurants in America, one of TIME Magazine’s “The World’s Greatest Places” and a semifinalist for the James Beard Foundation’s 2015 Best New Restaurant award. Morisano has taken the tools established in a career in media, arts and entertainment startups and used them to create a community-minded restaurant, working closely with chef/partner Mashama Bailey. In 2010, Morisano and his wife Carol embarked on a road trip throughout the American South, fell in love with Savannah and purchased a home there soon after. In 2012, he created SLAAM Ventures, a Savannah-based angel investor to help local entrepreneurs accelerate the development of their ideas and products. While exploring his newly adopted home, Morisano came across an abandoned, boarded up 1938 Greyhound bus terminal that exemplified the streamlined Art Moderne style of that era. He purchased the building and decided to combine his love of food, wine and investing in the community by transforming it into a restaurant that has quickly become a must-visit. In his latest role as restaurateur, Morisano has helped establish Savannah as a culinary destination and remains active in the community, giving back to local organizations by hosting lively events in The Yard, the restaurant’s outdoor area, the proceeds of each benefitting a different local organization. Morisano is also helping to reshape and expand the mission of the Edna Lewis Foundation, a Board he joined as the Treasurer in 2016, which revives, preserves and celebrates the rich history of African American cookery in America.