Ashvegas Hot Sheet: Salsarita’s restaurant to open in Asheville


Asheville is afire with development news. Here’s some of it:

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-Salsarita’s is opening in south Asheville, at the Long Shoals Road exit along Interstate 26 in south Asheville. A Starbucks is opening there, too. Here’s a blurb about the location.

-An abandoned South Slope building that was the site of a fire last year is getting cleaned up and is apparently headed to be sold on the courthouse steps. The building is a prime location: directly across the street from the new Vortex Doughnuts/Buxton Hall Barbecue/ Public School bar complex. Word on the street is that the building owner is behind on property taxes.

-Construction is set to begin on a new French Broad River access point directly behind Asheville Adventure Rentals on Riverside Drive. With $25,000 in funding from RiverLink and another $25,000 donation from Duke Energy, construction will turn a goat trail into an access point with steps and a railing. It should also help relieve some of the pressure felt at the Bywater nearby, which is booming with people who use their location as a take-out following an afternoon of rafting.

-A 114-unit multi-family development, White Oak Grove, on Hazel Mill Road is adding 9 units and project is moving forward.

-There’s work starting on renovations to the old Ron’s pool hall on Patton Avenue in West Asheville.

-Work on River Mill Lofts on Thompson Street near Biltmore Village is gearing up; 254-unit multi-family development.

Craggy Park subdivision off Louisiana Ave is moving ahead after Asheville City Council approval; 45 lots to be built in 2 phases.

-Developers plan to build new 4-story, 56-unit building on Thetford Street in Biltmore Park. Plans working through city committees. There are plans for a second 4-story building, but nothing moving through the city permitting process yet.

-Asheville’s Battle of the Burger returns Aug. 23. Tix on sale in July.


Plasticbaiter May 21, 2015 - 10:25 am

I sure hope there is going to be public parking at Pearson Bridge takeout. But I fear that this access point will be for AAR customers only since the land and business is owned by the Executive Director of Riverlink. Does anyone know the details?

Jason Sandford May 22, 2015 - 9:26 am

Plasticbaiter, there is public parking at the Pearson Bridge takeout. The property is actually city-owned property. Asheville Adventure Rentals makes is clear that the public can park at their location.

Plasticbaiter May 22, 2015 - 11:18 am

Sweet! I had no idea. Thanks for the input.

ashevillain May 19, 2015 - 7:34 pm

FYI: There is already (or at least there was once upon a time) a Salsarita’s on campus at UNCA. It was not very good at all. When I was at UNCA from 2005-2008, no one I knew ever ate there. Everyone seemed to prefer the decidedly mediocre Urban Burrito instead. I tried Salsarita’s once, wondered “why?” and then continued to eat at Urban Burrito instead.

Mike May 20, 2015 - 10:16 am

There is VERY LITTLE difference between Salsaritas, Moe’s, NEO, Urban Burrito, Mamacita’s, etc….. Just some are local, some are not. (all employees work here, it’s just if the boss pocketing the money lives here or elsewhere)

Not all the same May 20, 2015 - 10:35 am

Mamacitas should not be unfairly lumped in with the rest of the bland, canned, boring burrito shacks. I tried Chipotle for the first time the other day and it was nothing short of awful. Neo, Urban, Moe’s etc are terrible as well…

ashevillain May 20, 2015 - 2:27 pm

Nope. Mamacita’s is in a whole other league compared to the rest.

weavervilleman May 20, 2015 - 1:49 pm

I went to UNCA too but I saw many people eat there. But now they phased it out.

marcus January 4, 2016 - 3:47 pm

That Salsarita’s closed long ago due to a very lousy operator. The group opening Salsarita’s in this area is a local group and is well run. Personally, I prefer Salsarita’s to Moes or Chipotle. Every one has their preference.

Former Reporter at WYPN May 19, 2015 - 6:10 pm

The $25,000 for the river access did not come from RiverLink, but from the Tourism Product Development Fund:

Jason Sandford May 22, 2015 - 9:28 am

Thank you for the clarification.

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