Owner Kevin Grant and team are hard at work at the Haywood Road space, ripping up old tile, refinishing the floor, fixing up the landscaping, re-doing the patio and considering the question on many minds: What’s going to happen to the fence?
The fence stays, according to Grant. But he’s making changes, including taking out the chain link on one side. He hopes to separate his eatery from neighboring Calvary Baptist with some planters, allowing pedestrian street access from the church side.
Parking will never be a problem, as the Zia property comes with two parking lots, one in front and a hidden one on the side.
Property owner Justin Scarborough hoped to avoid a corporatized renter, according to Grant, and was happy to find an indie eatery that had proved itself in Charleston and wanted to expand with a second location, a neighborhood eatery in Asheville.
Grant plans no events at Zia, just food seven days a week for locals of all ages, from high school students after school, to couples drinking date-night margaritas, to families dining out for taco night, he said today.
Grant hopes to open Zia Taqueria Asheville on Friday, March 1, but has not yet set a definite opening date. Look for a March opening–just in time for patio weather.
Zia Taqueria is at 521 Haywood Road in West Asheville, next to Calvary Baptist and across from TomKats.
Check out our original post here: Zia Taqueria moving in to former Delores & Jose location in West Asheville
Photos taken today, including a preview of margarita options and the menu: