Former Iconic Restaurant for Sale

March 9, 2018|

The pink house on Telfair Street that housed the Augusta restaurant La Maison is up for sale.

For the greater part of the last 25 years, the restaurant was owned and operated by Chef Heinz Sowinski, who died in 2015. Sowinski’s family announced the restaurant’s closure shortly thereafter and that they intended to sell the restaurant.

The building was put up for sale by the family on Feb. 15 for $325,000. The sale is being brokered by Presley Realty.

The building, which is located at 404 Telfair Street, is around 6,000 square feet. It was originally built in 1854 and was converted from a residence into a restaurant called Asher’s Corner in the 1970s. It has seating for around 170 guests.

Shortly after Sowinski and his family moved to Augusta from Atlanta, where he had been an executive chef at the Hilton and had owned a fine dining restaurant called The Brass Key, he bought the former Asher’s Corner in 1992 and opened La Maison, which became a destination for those looking for a memorable culinary experience.

The restaurant also had a wine collection of more than 3,000 bottles.

“The passion and attention to detail that he had made me realize this was the path I wanted to take,” said Justin Hayes, executive chef at Jones Creek Golf Club and former sous-chef under Sowinski at La Maison. “He had a destination restaurant in Augusta.”

Sowinski died at Emory Hospital in Atlanta in 2015 due to a heart-related illness. He was 69 years old.

“His heart and soul were in that building,” Hayes said.


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