Here’s a sneak peek at the new Sovereign Remedies bar coming together at the corner of North Market and Walnut streets in downtown Asheville. It will be located next door to Ragtime Vintage Clothing, one of Asheville’s awesome downtown thrift stores. It is the work of Charles Hodge, the talented bar manager at the new Bull and Beggar restaurant in the River Arts District.
Hodge has said he’s seeking ways to connect his bar with the local farm movement. Here’s what Jonathan Ammons wrote for Mountain Xpress:
“One of the major forces in funding this bar has been trying to figure out how to ingrain the farm in the bar,” Hodge says. “How do restaurants become more connected and share the responsibility of creating that food so that it is not just up to the farm to have to do it? We have CSAs, but how do we create a relationship with the people that are selling lots of food, like restaurants or bars, in a way that supports the farmers? We want both our food and beverage programs to really try to walk that talk and to truly source locally.” …
And as for what Hodge is cooking up for the tipplers? Expect more of his trademark focus on classic cocktails, tradition and history. “There’s a whole new science of how you deconstruct things, reconstruct things and build in these whole new experiences, and I definitely enjoy that. But what really intrigues me is the history of it all and that lineage of how we’ve been interacting with alcohol, plants, vegetables and fruit for centuries.”