Four new independent restaurants are on track to open sometime in the next few weeks along West Asheville’s Haywood Road, a commercial strip that has seen a boom of independent eateries and businesses recently. It’s a veritable food explosion in West Asheville, which recently got big play in the New York Times. The NYT noted the changing face of West Asheville, calling it a blue collar-hybrid, where auto repair shops and pawn shops are giving way to yoga studios and new restaurants.
There are more changes coming beyond March, but here’s a look at the new food coming right around the corner:
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–King Daddy’s Chicken & Waffles, the work of the popular Early Girl Eatery owners John and Julie Stehling, is coming to 444 Haywood Road. It will feature what the name implies. There will be an outdoor patio. They’re shooting for a March opening. When you get inside, check out the original tin ceiling, which was disassembled during construction and painstaking put back up.
–Nine Mile West is coming together in the former Taqueria Gonzalez building. This Jamaican restaurant has been a success on Montford Avenue on the north side of town, and now they’ll planting a flag on the west side. Vegetarian friendly, these guys do the following: “Caribbean-inspired pasta dishes, rice dishes, a handful of traditional pasta dishes, daily specials, and an array of locally made desserts.” Also aiming for March opening.
-Buffalo Nickel is also coming together in the former Taqueria Gonzalez building, next door to the Nine Mile West. I don’t have details on menu or concept, but it’s my understanding these guys are also hoping for a March opening.
There’s more. A new barbecue joint is going in next door to the Haywood Quick Stop convenience store at the Haywood/I-240 intersection. I don’t have timeline details. There’s also a new coffee shop, Odd’s Cafe, coming to 800 Haywood Road. And the owners of the new doughnut shop Hole are preparing to start construction of their new building along Haywood in East-West Asheville.
This action comes on top of the successful opening last year of Barleycorn and Biscuit Head and Oyster House Brewing and Urban Orchard Cider. (Yes, that was all just last year, all on Haywood Road.)