Charlie Golson, owner and chef Growing up just across the river in the historic city of Savannah GA, Charlie Golson learned early about the Lowcountry’s wealth of local ingredients. As a young boy he would spend the weekends crabbing, shrimping and fishing on the Okatie River. From an early age Charlie new that he was more adept for entertaining and enjoying life, than hitting the books. As a student at the University of South Carolina he pursued a degree in French studies. His interest in the French language and culture took him to Paris in the early 70’s. Charlie soaked up Parisian lifestyle frequenting bistros and cafes, and attending some cooking classes. He returned to college eager to finish and return abroad. After finishing college, Charlie moved to the Greenville area where he held several positions as a chef.
Friends who he had made in France encouraged Charlie to join them in Senegal, Africa as a member of the Peace Corps. Upon returning to states two years later, Charlie and his soon to be wife Nancy decided to move close to family. Charlie landed a job at the Hilton Head Inn….the only hotel on Hilton Head at the time. When the opportunity presented itself to buy the local established French restaurant, Le Bon Vivant, Charlie and Nancy were ready for their own business.
From that one room restaurant that began in 1982….the rest is history.