Partners Marvin Sterling III and Cecelia Roust are excited to be bringing their new restaurant concept , Neon Fig, to join the growing downtown Aiken food scene. When they decided to pursue their own venture, Cecelia’s foundation of family and friends brought them to Aiken to “replant” roots.
Marvin has been an executive chef for the opening and operations of several successful restaurants in Savannah, GA. These included Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse; Low Country Seafood, BBQ Smokehouse, German Biergarten, and Sushi for The JW Marriott Plant Riverside; and Treylor Park, a casual restaurant group that specializes in elevated Southern cuisine. With this background he brings an eclectic combination of flavor profiles to his dishes. Chef Marvin has been featured in several cooking television programs such as “Burgers, Brew, and Que” for the Food Network and “Food Paradise” for the Travel Channel.
Cecelia, the native Aikenite, has lived and worked in Savannah for the past nine years has helped to grow the restaurant group, Southern Cross Hospitality in Savannah, GA. There she assisted in the opening of three new restaurants, spearheading from the original location, The Collins Quarter. She developed and cultivated front of house training for the inception of these as well as managing payroll and accounting aspects for multiple locations. Cecelia’s systems and procedures are still being utilized for daily operations at all Southern Cross locations. She had been at the General Manager level of management for the past 5 years.
Cecelia returns to Aiken after having lived in Savannah for the past nine years. She realized her passion for the restaurant industry while working with Southern Cross Hospitality. She helped to expand this restaurant group, assisting in the opening of three new restaurants. She most recently was the General Manager at The Collins Quarter at Forsyth.