Belle’s last bow
Southern Belle, a restaurant and bar that has been serving up specialties from the Southern United States since 2009, will close its doors on Friday. The restaurant describes itself as “a celebration of the American South, its food, drink, music and culture. It offers the discerning guest an extensive selection of bourbons, BBQ, traditional Southern fare and desserts.” It became a gathering place for expat Southerners and those who wanted a taste of Americana. It has been run, incongruously, by a friendly, cigar-chomping Irish-American from Boston named Sean Fitzgerald who has been the life of the place. Southern Belle became famous for its popular outdoor seating, barbecue cooked on a real outdoor grill, occasional live bluegrass jams and decor that included a seating area with a touch of Savannah and a Texas-style bar. 433 Changle Lu, Xuhui district, 021-5403-3218; www.southernbelle.com.cn.