So much going on, so little time….
-Corner closed: The Corner, that little bar with the plywood up in the windows at the corner of Patton and French Broad has suddenly closed and moved out. The space is now empty. The bar got noticed last year when a couple of big-time porn stars – Ron Jeremy and Jenna Jameson – partied there.
-Junction upgrade: The Junction, one of my favorite restaurants in the River Arts District, delivers this FB update:
New 6 burner/convection oven doubles our cooking capacity which means faster slow food & some very exciting culinary possibilities ahead!
-Hi-Wire on the move: Hi-Wire Brewing is the new brewery coming to the former Craggie Brewing space on the South Slope. The new brewery owners don’t want to talk yet about what they’re up to – they told me it’s too early – but they’re posting regular updates on FB. They report that they’ve just received demolition permits.
-New Belgium Bike Summit: Asheville on Bikes bicycle advocate Michael Sule is attending New Belgium Brewing’s first ever bike summit. New Belgium’s presence in Asheville is really going to raise the profile of biking in Asheville. The Coloradoan newspaper reports on the summit here:
New Belgium Brewing Co. has always had a deep connection to bikes. After all, people connect with the brewery’s Fat Tire Amber Ale and the iconic red bike on the label more than anything else the brewery has produced.
Thursday, New Belgium will take its love of bikes to a new level, hosting the inaugural Bike Summit at its Fort Collins brewery and bringing together nonprofit organizations from across the nation to discuss bike advocacy and policies.
The summit, closed to the public, will take place from Thursday through Saturday and will include more than 65 people from more than 40 bicycle nonprofit organizations across the country.
Bike advocacy will be the focus of the summit, which will include topics such as protecting cyclists and building bike advocates.
-Praying for Asheville: Asheville Mayor Terry Bellamy is praying and fasting for Asheville, and she wants her friends to do the same. The Citizen-Times reports:
Mayor Terry Bellamy is fasting and praying for a solution to the city’s budget woes and asking her friends to join her.
She asked friends on her Facebook page today to fast and pray for 24 days. She said in an interview that the time frame doesn’t have any religious significance.
The mayor is suggesting a limited diet as a fasting plan.
-Glen Rock Hotel: Renovation work has finally begun on the Glen Rock Hotel, the old train depot-turned hotel building next to the Glen Rock Depot, the new residential/office building next door on Depot Street. This is a Mountain Housing Opportunities project.
-The Mothlight: Work is well underway to renovate the old Fred’s Beds location on Haywood Road. The space is set to become a new music venue called The Mothlight.
-Thirsty Thursday: The Asheville Tourists start a new season tonight. It’s Thirsty Thursday, and Oskar Blues is going to be a big player at the park. The Beer Guy reports:
No cash this season at Asheville Tourists baseball games? It’s no problem, as long as you’re packing a valid Visa, Mastercard or Discover card.
For the first time, the Tourists will be taking plastic at the concession stands, general manager Larry Hawkins said. The one exception is Thirst Thursday home games, when domestic brews are $1 and craft brands are $2. To keep the long concession lines speedy on those busy nights, it’s cash only.
The Tourists will offer its largest beer selection yet, with some 26 different options. Oskar Blues, which is now brewing its beers in Brevard, will have a major presence at McCormick Field, with Dale’s Pale, Mama’s Little Yella Pils and Old Chubb and will also sponsor the party pavilion area, Hawkins said.