Ashvegas Hot Sheet: Vortex Doughnuts update, the Patton Public House, another electronic music fest, more


Here’s some of what’s going around:

Vortex Doughnuts posted a stunning architectural rending of its new shop beginning to come together on Banks Ave. on the South Slope. Here’s what Ron Patton of Vortex says about it:

“It’s all open rafters, block walls, pipes, trusses, etc so we just went with it. We call it Industrial Chic meets Steampunk Lite. We’ll seat 30 (12 at two huge window bars and 18 at small tables). We’ll also have outdoor seating under the loading dock and at picnic tables in the west yard.”

-Construction underway: Work has started again at the former Northside Grill & Bar location on Merrimon Avenue. Two years ago, the plan was for a new restaurant called Appalachian Tavern to replace the old Northside. No word yet on what’s up next, though an Ashvegas reader says word is it will be a new began restaurant.

-Renovation work has also started again on the former Barbecue Inn along Patton Avenue. Permits have been pulled under the name “Patton Public House.” Details to come.

The Barleycorn and Twin Leaf Brewery will host a beer dinner during Asheville Beer Week. The date is May 27. Cost is $55 per person, with tickets available at Barleycorn and Twin Leaf. “Beer Porn at the B-Corn” will feature five beers from Twin Leaf and four courses from The Barleycorn. The event will be held at The Barleycorn, 697 Haywood Road, West Asheville. Doors open at 6pm.

-Fox & Beggar, a new theater group in Asheville, released a trailer for the first show it just staged at Montford Park called Animalia. Pretty cool.

WCQS seeks volunteers. From a press release: “If you care about WCQS and would like to help in assessing the service it provides, WCQS invites you to apply to serve on the WCQS Community Forum. The WCQS Community Forum is a vital volunteer group that provides community input to WCQS about its programming, community service and impact on the community, as well as information about local and regional issues. WCQS is looking for volunteers from throughout the listening area to serve on the Community Forum.” Learn more online at or e-mail WCQS at

Beck is coming to Thomas Wolfe Auditorium in Asheville on July 12.

Rhetorical Factory is now open on Haywood Road in West Asheville. Yay Bethany!

-Best-selling author James Patterson will be visiting Asheville in September. From the Literacy Council of Buncombe County:

The Guinness record holder for the most #1 New York Times bestselling books by an author, James Patterson, will keynote the Literacy Council’s Authors for Literacy Dinner and Silent Auction on September 5, 2014 presented by platinum partners TD Bank and WLOS/WMYA.

The Authors for Literacy evening will open with a cocktail hour silent auction, to include distinctive art and crafts, autographed and rare books, and priceless opportunities to enjoy excursions in Asheville and beyond. Following the cocktail hour, guests will enjoy a three-course dinner. James Patterson will then give the keynote presentation, answer a limited number of questions, and autograph guests’ books.

The Authors for Literacy Dinner & Silent Auction will be held at the Renaissance Asheville Hotel on Fri., September 5 from 6-9:30 p.m. Tickets are available to the general public beginning May 15 for $75.00. Call Brantlee Eisenman at 828-254-3442 x206 or visit for more information and to purchase tickets.

Patterson recently donated cash to Malaprop’s, btw.

-The Bob Moog Foundation is raffling off a car:

The Bob Moog Foundation and Prestige Subaru of Asheville celebrate their shared passion for encouraging the creative spirit in children, through a raffle to benefit the Foundation’s hallmark educational project, Dr. Bob’s SoundSchool. Beginning April 7, 2014 and lasting through June 9, 2014, the Foundation will sell raffle tickets for a 2014 Subaru Outback station wagon or a 2014 Subaru BRZ Coupe (valued at $23,500 and $25,500 respectively).

-The MatrixSynth electronic music festival set for May 15-16 at Asheville’s Masonic Temple. It is billed as “everything synth.” More:

The Asheville electro-music festival brings some of the world’s finest electronic, experimental; and ambient musicians to Asheville, North Carolina. They will be joined by local artists for two days of concerts, workshops, demonstrations and collaborations. Musical styles cover a broad spectrum, guaranteed to be creative and original. Live video art will accompany the concerts, for an immersive multi-media experience. The musicians employ a wide variety of electronic and acoustic instruments, from synthesizers and theremins to found objects and custom controllers. Afternoons will feature hands-on workshops and interactive performances, starting from 1pm. Evening concerts start at 7pm. Tickets $20 per day ($10 afternoon, $15 evening) advance tickets $16 per day.

Acts include the following:

Airsculpture berlin school
Mark Mosher expressive controllerism + invader cam
Paul Vnuk Jr tribal ambient
Joo Won Park music with found objects
Twyndyllyngs electronic chamber music
dRachEmUsiK and onewayness glitch-groove ambient beats
Project Ruori art-automation coalescence
Gerber and Gerber ambient space music



Knowaboutwhereyoulive May 8, 2014 - 8:36 pm

Altamont is the name Thomas Wolfe substituted for Asheville in “Look Homeward, Angel”.

Drexler McStyles May 6, 2014 - 10:03 am

“It’s all open rafters, block walls, pipes, trusses, etc so we just went with it. We call it Industrial Chic meets Steampunk Lite”

Naawwh. Just call it “The Same Thing Every New Bar/Restaurant That Has Opened Has Done For The Last Year”
More of the same…

jtroop May 5, 2014 - 5:08 pm

what’s the address on Banks? for Vortex?

Murphy May 5, 2014 - 6:08 pm
theotherplacewiththesamename May 5, 2014 - 4:26 pm

Patton Public House / King James Public House

The Crow & Quill Bar / The Crow Quill Night Owls (local(ish) band)

Altamont Brewery/ Altamont Theater /Altamont Condos/Hotel

These are just a couple examples but so many names are beginning to run together…have we run out of names for things in Asheville?

Rob May 5, 2014 - 10:45 pm

Yea because everything is the same. More places to fill your pie hole

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