The old Bacon Drug store, the spot rumored to be made famous by one Mick Jagger who found he could not actually get what he wanted, is about to be reborn. Victor's on Water will be an "upscale Italian eatery."
Chef Phillip Becht was perhaps best known as the longtime chef of Northeast's Modern Cafe. The cuisine will be Northern Italian, with fresh pasta made in house and pizzas.
The sleek modern space is accented by exposed bricks, soft lighting and plenty of windows. The name is a reference to their location: it's on Water Street in Excelsior.
Legend has it that when the Rolling Stones came through town, a young Mick Jagger stopped by Bacon Drug to have a prescription filled. (You're hearing the song in your head right now, aren't you?) There he encountered Jimmy Hutmaker, the unofficial ambassador of Excelsior who complained that he had ordered a cherry Coke and instead received a regular cola instead. Hutmaker lamented, "You can't always get what you want."
The restaurant will join what has been a culinary boom in this area which has seen 6 Smith, Cov and Coalition open this year.
Victor's on Water will open to the public for dinner Tuesday November 18th.