A food hall is in the works for downtown Asheville. It’s coming to the S&W Building on Patton Avenue, the building’s owner confirms. More detail is forthcoming.
Earlier this year, a cafe/market called the S&W Artisanal Eatery opened on the ground level of the beautiful S&W, and a higher-end Greek restaurant opened upstairs. The Greek restaurant (called The Mez) closed over the summer.
In addition, a nightclub called Ellington Underground in the basement of the S&W Building closed over the summer. A new cocktail bar called Save Me The Waltz, which will feature jazz music
The cafe/market remained open. An adjacent ground-level bar, The Times Bar, has been well-received and is also open.
A new management team was brought in and was tasked with putting a new concept in place for the cafe/market ground-level space. “The new concept will be very much focused on products from local purveyors and we look forward to introducing it,” Doug Ellington, the building owner, wrote me in an email at the time.
Now it’s apparently coming together in the form of a food hall. In an August post titled “Food Halls Are The New Food Truck,” Eater.com writer Andrea Strong writes that food halls have become a hot trend, with about 70 in the U.S. in 2015. By the end of 2017, that number had grown to 118.
The indoor mix of chef-led grab-and-go market stalls alongside dine-in restaurants, fresh meats, cheeses and breads, and an array of other hand-crafted market goodies has been a good investment for developers and small business owners alike. Big city food halls like New York’s Chelsea Market and Atlanta’s Ponce City Market and just two examples.
We’ll see how things shape up in downtown Asheville. Stay tuned.