Savannah Restaurateur, Johnny Baker Dies of COVID-19

After battling the virus for a week, Bar Food owner, Johnny Baker died of COVID-19 early Monday morning

Rip Johnny Baker

One of the truly tragic aspects of the COVID-19 pandemic is how easy it can become to let your guard down. Many of us have either experienced first-hand or heard from a friend how sometimes you can test positive and recover quickly with few if any symptoms. As such, we sometimes forget the terrible impact this virus can have.

The city of Savannah has been given a terrible reminder of this virus’ lethality with the passing of a true icon, Johnny Baker. The co-owner of Bar•Food and Coffee Deli in the Habersham Village and one of the hostess city’s most colorful characters, Baker was sick for nearly a month and hospitalized for approximately 3 weeks battling for his life in intensive care before succumbing to the illness early Monday morning.

An early and ardent supporter of South magazine, we would like to send deepest sympathies to his family. “He was a long-time friend to many in this community, and one that you could always count on to speak his mind,” said Publisher Michael Brooks. “Every year we could count on him to have one of the more colorful booths at DineSouth. He was just fun to be around, and we will all miss him. Savannah has lost a true friend today.”

 When Paula Letcher, Bakers partner. learned of Johnny’s positive test, she closed coffee.deli and, did a deep clean and contracted Enviro Masters  to come in and sanitize every surface in the two restaurants.

More information on Baker to come, we hope his friends and loved ones know they are in the thoughts and prayers of everyone at South magazine.