-Joe Culpepper to the Thirsty Monk: Lots of folks know Joe from his long-time stint as manager of the Jack of the Wood in downtown. Culpepper moved over to the Lexington Avenue Brewery when it opened a few years back, but returned to Jack. Now he’s been hired to manage the Thirsty Monk in downtown. That location will essentially soon be three bars in one: a basement Belgian beer bar; a ground level bar; and a new upstairs speakeasy to open later this month, called Top of the Monk. Culpepper is widely respected on the local bar/restaurant scene for his management skills.
-Richie Whitson to the Katuah Market: Lots of folks also know the friendly face of Richie, who has been a fixture at Greenlife Grocery for several years as assistant store manager and a team leader after Whole Foods bought Greenlife. Now Richie has been hired as store manager at Katuah Market, the new locally owned grocery store in the works by John Swann. (It was Swann who co-founded Greenlife.) Richie is another one of those respected on-the-ground guys ready to help.
BlogAsheville notes that Katuah Market is set for a November opening in Biltmore Village. They recently released some architectural renderings.
-Sulock and Patrick depart Mountain Xpress: Rebecca Sulock, the alt weekly’s arts and entertainment editor, as well as co-managing editor, recently announced she’s leaving after five years. No word on what’s next for her. There’s also word this week that Emily Patrick, the weekly’s food writer, who has been on the beat one year, is departing at the end of the month. These are two big losses for Xpress. We’ll see what’s next.
-Eliada corn maze: The awesome Eliada corn maze is open this weekend.
-Doc Brown’s food truck at Brew Pump: I went out to the Brew Pump on Haywood Road on Thursday night for some gas station beers and had a great time catching up with everyone, including Doc Brown, whose barbecue food truck will make a regular appearance there on Tuesday’s. Thursday was his first foray into Asheville, after getting his feet wet out in Madison County. Doc makes some damn fine barbecue, and his Dr. Pepper infused collards are killer. More from BlogAsheville. More on the new wave of food trucks hitting Asheville.
-Mountain State Fair opens: The Mountain State Fair opens this weekend. It’s a guaranteed good time for anyone who likes sea lions (yes, they will have a sea lion), crocodile wrestling, farm animals, fried food, clogging, country music, Ferris wheels, giant gourds and much, much more.
–Thirstfest!: Big fun for beer lovers at the Thirsty Monk. BlogAsheville has deets.
-Booty Band, The Broadcast set CD release parties for Sept. 27: Just something to put on your calendar. I’ll have more on both of these local faves. I recently attended a listening party for The Broadcast and will tell you their new 8-song EP, their first, is a kick-ass rock-and-roll record put down at Echo Mountain Studio. I can’t wait to hear what Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band has in store. The Broadcast will party at the Grey Eagle; the Booty Band at The Orange Peel.
-Word on the street: The word is there’s a new business incubator in the works for the Wells Fargo building in downtown Asheville. More to come on this.