“We’re bringing big city style to Asheville. We’re the first to do it, and there’s a demand for it,” said Steve Ar, who is teaming up with Kevin Chen and David Chi to open Room Nine at 124 College St., right across from Pack Square Park. The space was most recently home to City Billiards.
Ar is the owner of Yao and Asiana restaurants, while Chen is the owner of Wasabi restaurant. (Chen’s family owns the College Street building.) Chi, who will serve as general manager of Room Nine, said he has wide experience in restaurants, managing nightclubs and as a dance instructor.
“We’ll try to cater to everybody,” said Chi, adding that he’ll be the first one on the dance floor to get a party started.
“I think it’s great exercise. I might put a sign up that says, ‘Three dances a day keeps the fat away.’ That’s a good mission statement,” Chi said with a laugh.
Each night of the week will have a theme, Chi said.