Founders of The Bywater bar in Asheville announce they’re moving on


News from founders of the ever-popular The Bywater bar on Riverside Drive:

Family, Friends, and Patrons,

We have some bittersweet news to share with you. Though the Bywater will continue to be around, after these wonderful past 5 years, we will be moving on. We cannot thank you enough for your support and loyalty as we have grown from a tiny hole-in-the-wall bar along the river, to a thriving local business. We could not have done it without you. The both of us have met so many amazing people along the way and created lifelong relationships that we will cherish forever. The Bywater has become a second home for many and you would be hard pressed to walk in and not find a familiar face at the bar….or the Farkle table! It’s these familiar faces that have helped make it a community establishment.

We cannot thank our staff enough, especially Anna Thompson, for her devotion to this place from day one. We cannot sing enough praises. Every employee, past and present, we consider family and are forever grateful for making the Bywater what it is today. We will always remember the awesome “Escape from BeleChere” staff trips, evenings around the fire, and family potlucks. You couldn’t find a better staff than the one we have behind the bar. Thank you for everything.

Over the years, the Bywater has become a special place for many people and families. It’s humbling to know customers have chosen this place to mark important moments in life, from weddings, to wakes, baby showers, birthdays, proposals, graduation celebrations and retirement parties. This will always be “your” place.

Our last day will be this coming Sunday, August 30th, and we would like to invite you to our Farewell Party starting at 6pm. Up Jumped Three will be playing the tunes and there will be a family style potluck, so feel free to bring a side-dish. Let’s raise a glass to the future!

Chad and Cate Battles


Jessica September 1, 2015 - 4:27 pm

what’s up with not dishing on the reason why? #anticlimactic

Film Grl August 27, 2015 - 10:14 pm

“This will always be “your” place.” tells me they sold.

Like many other business owners in Asheville, they probably sold to a wealthy couple from L.A.
Sad that people get a figure that makes their retirement dream come true and sell out. I would, but I’m an asshole.

Film Grl August 27, 2015 - 10:17 pm

Oh, by the tax record they didn’t own the building so if they sold it was just the bar within.

Mike August 26, 2015 - 1:56 pm

Did the sale the business or what?

smytty August 26, 2015 - 1:46 pm

Maybe they couldn’t find parking either.

Yo August 26, 2015 - 9:14 pm

Now that is funny.

Dusty September 2, 2015 - 11:36 pm

now THAT’s funny.

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