More of what’s going around:

Takosushi is now open on Southside Avenue on Asheville’s South Slope. The menu offers up sushi selections, as well as Southwest-inspired food.

Gan Shan West is now open on Haywood Road in West Asheville. Delicious pan-Asian cuisine from Chef Patrick O’Cain comes to the westside.

-Twisted Laurel restaurant is planning to open inside former Stone Road space on Leicester Highway.

-El Que Pasa is expanding its restaurant space on Patton Avenue.

-Summit Coffee has opened at The Foundation in Asheville, across from new 12 Bones.

-Foothills Meats has announced that local chef Matt Atkinson will take the helm at their new Black Mountain Butcher Bar & Kitchen when it opens in early November, according to a press release. Foothills Butcher Bar, located at 107 Black Mountain Avenue, will be in the former site of Red Radish “To Go” nestled between Tayloes Oyster Bar and Louise’s Kitchen. More:

“We’re beyond thrilled to have Matt joining the Foothills family. He’s a true gentleman and an easy going guy who is very serious about his food and our guest’s experience,” says Casey McKissick, Owner and CEO. “The Black Mountain community can expect high quality food and excellent service from this kitchen. Matt and I share a vision and passion for well-prepared comfort foods as well as innovative ‘nose-to-tail’ inspired dishes that honor our butcher shop, so he is a perfect fit for Foothills.”

Atkinson joins the Foothills team after a three-year residency at Rhubarb in Asheville. Atkinson is no stranger to the Southern food scene. Originally born in Mississippi and raised in Nashville, he has studied with award-winning chefs across the South. Prior to working at Rhubarb, Atkinson spent three years at City Grocery in Oxford and two years cooking at Husk in Nashville.

-Nope, no Starbucks going in at The Arras downtown, despite my earlier speculation, says owner John McKibbon. My apologies: didn’t mean to get folks worked up.

Treerock Social, a new Asheville beer bar, is coming to Biltmore Avenue, right across from Appalachian Vintner (in the old F&J Food Mart location.) TreeRock Social will have 20 taps, with half devoted to cider. Details here from Cliff Mori of Brew-ed.

-Pleb Urban Winery is planning to open at Foundation Studios on Lyman Street in Asheville’s River Arts District, according to construction permits. The new “urban winery” will have an event space, tasting room and barrel storage in former warehouse.

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4 Comments

  1. John McKibbon says:

    This is fake news. Jason, you know you can call me about anything that’s going on in my project and this is absolutely untrue. I don’t break my commitments to the community.

  2. luther blissett says:

    “In order to align with downtown Asheville’s commitment to local businesses, the retail space included in the project will not be leased to national chains.” — McKibbon Hotel Group

    https://mountainx.com/blogwire/mckibbon-hotel-group-announces-project-updates-for-bbt-building/

    Promises, promises.

    • Rebecca Hecht says:

      I know, right? I’m wondering if it will be the lobby style Starbucks within the interior snack Kiosk (basically a branded espresso machine) like in the Aloft or a storefront? If a storefront, I thought their permit was conditional on the terms such as living wage and local businesses in the storefronts. What is the recourse here if they don’t keep those promises?

      • luther blissett says:

        I see that Jason’s made a correction in the post, which now makes these comments look weird. Maybe next time strike-through and retract, and be wary of the same sources in future?

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