More of what’s going around, including the return of Chef Steven Goff to Asheville:

-Chef Steven Goff is returning to Asheville some two years after he departed. Goff spent a decade in Asheville perfecting his skills in the kitchen before he left. He was heavily involved in the local community and garnered accolades for his creative cooking. The culmination of all that work led to Goff’s hiring at King James Public House on Charlotte Street. He left after about a year there following disagreements with the ownership group and moved on to the Raleigh area. Now Goff, the owner of Brinehaus Meat + Provisions food truck and catering service, is returning to Asheville. Goff says in a Facebook post that he’ll be working with the Blind Pig Supper Club series and is planning a pop-up cooking series somewhere. Stay tuned for details.

-Monday’s total solar eclipse was a wonderful, beautiful event as thousands of people gathered in groups large and small across Western North Carolina to witness the celestial event. It was just great to see people come together in wonder and awe. Love.

-Asheville police on Monday arrested 21-year-old Malik Erik Johnson and charged him with attempted first-degree murder following a Monday morning assault on a 22-year-old woman on Whitefawn Drive in Asheville. The woman was stabbed multiple times, and her vehicle and personal items were stolen. The victim was stabilized at Mission Hospital. Johnson also had outstanding warrants from the Salisbury, N.C.,  Police Department for first-degree murder and robbery with a dangerous weapon.

-The Ingles grocery store on Merrimon Avenue is set for a major renovation. Ingles #3 will see the following, according to building permits: interior sales floor remodeling, pharmacy expansion, product cooler expansion, new roofing, new lighting and remodeled prep areas with new flooring and wall tile.

-Asheville City Council at its meeting tonight and has a packed agenda. City Council plans to consider approving a big new apartment complex in the River Arts District, and well as plans for a new hotel on Tunnel Road. City Council will also consider approving a resolution “condemning the actions of white supremacists and racial violence in
Charlottesville.”

-Range Urgent Care, a local start-up, will open its first center this November in North Asheville at 674 Merrimon Ave. (across the street from Asheville Brewing), according to a press release. Here’s more:

Range Urgent Care will offer walk-in medical treatment during evenings and weekends in addition to normal business hours. Construction is now under way by local general contractor, Wells Construction.

Range Urgent Care is locally owned and operated by husband-and-wife team of Mathew and Stephanie Trowbridge, MD and will offer a wide array of services to treat non-emergent and non-life-threatening conditions from the common cold to broken bones. The 3,300sf facility will feature four exam rooms and one procedure room as well as on-site digital x-ray imaging and labs.

Range will also offer virtual visits with their local providers through a secure video platform giving patients an even more convenient and affordable option for receiving care directly from their smartphone, tablet or computer, from the convenience of their home or office.

The clinic plans to be opioid-free as one of many initiatives being implemented to prioritize long-term healing and health for its patients, The clinic also aims to provide a safe space for all members of the community and pay employees living wages.

-American Idol auditions will arrive in downtown Asheville on Sunday. In other cities, audition crowds have been smaller than in past years, and no stars have been spotted.

4 Comments

  1. “The Ingles grocery store on Merrimon Avenue is set for a major renovation”

    This will trigger full zoning compliance that they have thus far avoided.

    • In what way are they not in zoning compliance?

    • Barry Summers says:

      In what way do you care so much about what happens to the Merrimon Avenue Ingles store?

      • Ingle’s #3 is in need of improvements. It is an older store that has pharmacy, delicatessen, and bakery departments along the left side of the store, and the produce on the right side of the store.

        Ingle’s Pharmacy #3 could use more space. I hope its expansion does not remove the delicatessen’s corner cafe.

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