Ashvegas Hot Sheet: Nightclub Room Nine coming to downtown Asheville


Here’s some of what’s going around:

-Room Nine: Room Nine is the name of the new nightclub coming to the space formerly home to the just-closed City Billiards on College Street in downtown Asheville. Room Nine is right next door to the former Arcade Asheville nightclub, which is being turned into a Greek-Italian restaurant by the name of Twisted Laurel Eatery and Lounge, according to the Asheville Citizen-Times.

 -Ingles pulls sponsorships: Word on the street is that Ingles will not be a sponsor of this year’s RiverMusic series, a RiverLink event down by the river. The RiverMusic line-up for this year was just announced.

-Odyssey update: Odyssey Community School recently announced that it had secured a lease from the UNC Asheville Foundation to remain at its current 90 Zillicoa St. location for the next academic year.

-Biltmore Fitness closing: Biltmore Fitness is closing at the end of April.

-East Fork Pottery spotlighted: The Madison County-based East Fork Pottery will be featured in the April 3 episode of UNC-TV’s OurState. From the press release:

East Fork Pottery was founded in 2010 by Alexander Matisse in Madison County, North Carolina.  It makes a full range of functional and sculptural ceramics,  fired in a large, wood-burning salt kiln and a line of contemporary, translucent porcelain lighting.

The program airs a week before opening night of Matisse’s first solo museum show, entitled Alexander Matisse: New Ceramics, at the Memorial Art Gallery in Rochester, New York.  The show will feature a comprehensive collection of functional and decorative work from the last four years.  It will also coincide with a travelling collection of prints by Matisse’s great-grandfather – the artist Henri Matisse – on loan from the Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation.  Both shows will open on April 6th and close on June 8th.

-Mo on the move: Word on the street is that well-known Asheville Chef Mo Abreau, who closed down his Chef Mo’s Restaurant and Bar on Hendersonville Road last year, has landed at the cafe inside Trust General Store out in Madison County.

-Shindig on the Green and Mountain Dance and Folk Festival dates: From the press release:

The 48th Annual Shindig on the Green returns to the heart of downtown Asheville beginning Saturday, June 28, 2014 on the Bascom Lamar Lunsford stage at Pack Square Park, and will be held on June 28; July 5, 12, 19; and August 9, 16, 23, and 30, 2014.

The 87th Annual Mountain Dance and Folk Festival runs for three full evenings on Thursday through Saturday, July 31, August 1, & 2, 2014 at the Diana Wortham Theatre at Pack Place in downtown Asheville. Tickets are on sale now.

-The Junction spring beer dinner with Hi-Wire Brewing: The Junction and Hi-Wire are teaming up for a beer dinner on April 23. The dinner will have six courses that are paired with six Hi-Wire beers. Cost is $65 per person. Doors at 6 p.m., dinner at 7 p.m. Make a reservation by calling 828.225.3497.

-Ben’s Tune-Up starts daily lunch buffet: Here’s the intel, from loyal reader Jonathan:

Just wanted to let you know Ben’s Tune-Up is starting our daily lunch buffet next week on April 1. From 11:30 to 3:00 Monday through Friday we will be serving our take on the traditional Chinese buffet. Our twist is that we will be serving fresh healthier fare and hearty vegetarian options along with fresh fruits and salad offers. Our full menu and brunch specials are offered from 11:30 to 3 on Saturday and Sunday.

-Medea’s opens: From the press release:

Medea’s Espresso & Juice Bar is thrilled to be able to support our local partners and offer: organic coffee, espresso, teas, cold-pressed organic juices, our own Superfood Smoothies & Sundaes, hot panini, fresh organic wraps, salads, delectable housemade side dishes, local beers & organic wines, as well as a rotating selection of the very best baked goods and desserts from our amazing local food artisans. Located just 1 mile east of Exit 37 off I-26 on Long Shoals Road, we are open seven days a week 6 am-10 pm Mon-Fri, 8 am-11 pm Sat and 8 am-8 pm Sun. We offer healthy and delicious take-out or dine-in options for breakfast, lunch, dinner & dessert in our relaxing yet energizing space, the perfect place to meet with family or friends. We offer plenty of free parking, high speed internet, all-natural body care products, locally crated jewelry and pottery, live entertainment, healthy cooking classes, and an exciting community event calendar. Please call us at (828)676-3101 if you are interested in having us host your event or in presenting a class or workshop to the community.

-New photo exhibition: Here’s the quick hit on the new exhibition at Castell Photography:

Castell Photography is pleased to announce the opening of their newest exhibition, The New Construction: An Exploration of Craft in Photography, with a reception to be held on Friday, April 4th from 6-8pm, coinciding with the Downtown Asheville Art District’sFirst Friday Artwalk.

Curated by gallery owner Brie Castell and gallery director Heidi Gruner, The New Construction will feature work from artists J.R. Berry, Lynne Bowman, Khan H. Le, Tasha Lewis, and Timothy Pakron. More than ever, the art world is seeing a shift in the way we perceive imagery and the way artists approach artmaking. Artists are crossing boundaries of medium and ignoring any notions of keeping to one medium or another. Photography in particular is growing more and more difficult to define, and the artists included in this exhibition would likely not want to be classified as photographer, but as artist. This show is essentially about the interaction and play between a variety of mediums and craft. In all of these works, the photographic image is at the core, but is wonderfully just the beginning. Each has a tactile quality and almost begs the viewer to touch, and most are even threedimensional. We see these artists boldly cut, sew, fabricate, decorate, and paint their foundation of imagery, which morphs each of these works into something truly dynamic and technically unique.


Katie September 25, 2014 - 7:32 pm

I think it sounds like fun

Tony Zeoli April 7, 2014 - 10:06 am

I’d like to connect with the owners of this new club. If anyone has any information on how to get in touch, please let me know at djtonyz [at] Thanks!

Tony Zeoli April 5, 2014 - 11:59 am

Do you know how to get in touch with the new owners of room nine? May 10, 2014 - 8:37 am

I know Kevin. Give me your cell and email and I’ll share it with him Is this about music?

Edwin September 8, 2014 - 12:12 pm

Hey I was wondering if you knew if he is employing people yet??

Jason Sandford September 8, 2014 - 2:23 pm

Edwin, I don’t know. They seem close to opening.

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