ABOUT

Chefs Lee Gregory of The Roosevelt and Joe Sparatta of Heritage have joined forces with local farmer Matt Gottwald to create Southbound. The menu is a collaboration between Chefs Sparatta & Gregory featuring delicious fare from locally sourced ingredients with approachable flavors and Southbound-unique twists.


Lee gregory

EXECUTIVE CHEF

Originally hailing from South Carolina, Lee received his training under Richmond Chef Dale Reitzer of Acacia. In 2011 Lee and partner Kendra Feather opened The Roosevelt in historic Church Hill. Quickly established as a Richmond ‘must,’ The Roosevelt has garnered various distinguished awards, including: 

  • Style Weekly 2015 Best Dinner and 3rd Best Chef 
  • James Beard Foundation Best Chef  Semi-finalist Nominee Mid-Atlantic 2013 , 2014 & 2015
  • Plate Magazine's 30 Best Chef's to Watch in the US 2014
  • Chef & Restaurant of the Year Elby’s 2014 
  • Star Chef.com Rising Star Winner 2014 Washington DC area
  • Southern Living's 100 Best Restaurants in the South 2014
  • Restaurant of the Year by Style Weekly 2012
  • Best New Restaurant by Richmond Magazine 2012 

JOE SPARATTA

EXECUTIVE CHEF

A native of New Jersey, Joe worked for prestigious Chefs Craig Shelton of The Ryland Inn & Scott Anderson of Elements prior to moving to Richmond. He and his wife Emilia moved south and in late 2012 opened Heritage with his brother-in-law Mattias Hägglund. Since it’s opening, Heritage has garnered numerous accolades:

  • Style Weekly 2nd Best Chef and 2nd Best Dinner 2015
  • Chef & Restaurant of the Year Elby's 2015
  • Star Chef.com Rising Star Winner 2014 Washington DC area
  • Style Weekly 3rd Best Chef and 2nd Best Dinner 2014
  • Southern Living's 100 Best Restaurants in the South 2014
  • Richmond Magazine’s Best New Restaurant  2013
  • Richmond Magazine's Best Pork Belly 2013
  • Nominee Best Chef & Restaurant Elby’s 2013
  • 4 Stars by Richmond Times Dispatch 2012