Correction: An earlier version of the Hot Sheet incorrectly stated that Monk’s Flask was taking the place of Thirsty Monk in Biltmore Park. Monk’s Flask, a new craft cocktail bar, is opening up in the space next to the Thirsty Monk craft beer bar in Biltmore Park.
Here’s more of what’s going around:
-All Day Darling restaurant – the new name and concept for the old Tod’s Tasties on Montford Avenue in the Montford neighborhood – held it’s soft opening Saturday. Chef Jacob Sessoms of Table restaurant, the founder of Tod’s, teamed up with High Five Coffee founder Jay Weatherly for the new All Day Darling, which features baked goods, sandwiches, beer and wine (maybe cocktails in the future), plus some holdover favorites from Tod’s, including a breakfast Buddha bowl and the Thunderbird fried chicken sandwich. There’s an online ordering system and pick-up window for folks eating on the go, as well. Check ’em out. Congratulations!
-Gearu, an Asheville outdoor gear rental business, is rebranding as Asheville Adventure Company and focusing on its guiding services. Check them out at ashevilleadventurecompay.com.
-Peeling paint that was put down on Coxe Avenue as part of a bigger project to experiment with making the road more bicycle and pedestrian friendly has become a significant problem, and one that the nonprofit Asheville on Bikes, which spearheaded the project, has apologized for and is addressing. Asheville on Bikes and its partners on the tactical urbanism project – AARP, Blue Ridge Bicycle Club, and Street Plans – stand behind the project, and are continuing clean-up. Read the Asheville on Bikes statement and update here.
–Farewell AVL is the name of the new coffee shop coming together in the old JJ’s Tire building across Buxton Avenue from Green Man Brewery. The South Slope building is under renovation.
-Are more cutbacks and layoffs in store for the Asheville Citizen-Times in 2019? Speculation about the future of the newspaper’s parent company, Gannett, is swirling after the company’s CEO recently announced that he’s stepping down. The company also recently asked employees aged 55 and older, and with at least 15 years with the company, to consider taking a buyout. The company has signaled that it needs to be smaller, and that under-performing non-daily print products might be downsized in some way. That could mean more departing Citizen-Times staff in the new year. It might also mean that print products like the weekly Asheville Scene culinary and entertainment guide moves to an online-only publication. Gannett also owns the Black Mountain News newspaper and the News-Record & Sentinel in Madison County, and those publications could move to online-only publication, or perhaps be cut altogether. Time will tell.
–Zed AVL (also known as simply Zed), the Asheville artist collective looking to build an immersive art museum much like the popular The House of Eternal Return built by the artist collective and production company Meow Wolf, says in its latest newsletter that it will launch a series of semi-regular meetings in the new year for artists interested in immersive art. The group will also launch a new Facebook group on New Year’s Day. Go to zedavl.com to learn more, and to submit a proposal for an immersive art project of your own.
-Thirsty Monk has announced that it is opening Monk’s Flask, a cocktail bar specializing in craft cocktails and wine by the glass and bottle, as well as beer and spirit pairings, next to its current Thirsty Monk location in Biltmore Park. Monk’s Flask address is 2 Town Square Blvd, #160.
-Venture Asheville lists the Top 15 fastest-growing Asheville start-ups. Elite HRV, which makes an app to track heart rate variability, and ginger beer maker Ginger’s Revenge are the top two, with fake meat producers No Evil Foods coming in third.
-In case you missed it, there are important developments happening on the short term rental front in Asheville, as reported by the Mountain Xpress: Asheville resident Jackson Tierney, a homestay permit holder, has organized the Homestay Network, a group of about 600 hundred Asheville residents interested in protecting their rights to rent out property via platforms such as Airbnb. The Homestay Network has attracted the attention of Airbnb officials, who have agreed to meet with the local group.