Triad Business Journal: Iron Hen restaurant opening in downtown Asheville


Update Nov. 20: Reliable source says multiple local restaurants were contacted and offered the spot before Iron Hen took it.

Original post Nov. 18: The Greensboro-based Iron Hen restaurant will be opening its second location inside the Hilton Garden Inn at the corner of Charlotte and College streets in downtown Asheville, according to the Triad Business Journal.

The independent Iron Hen, a Greensboro favorite for the past six years, is the work of Lee Comer. More from the biz journal:

“Part of the Hilton Garden Inn concept had to include a restaurant,” Comer said. “They knew in order for it to be successful in Asheville, it could not be a hotel restaurant. It needed to be an independently run, owned and operated space. So they contacted us.”
Comer says she will be leasing 5,200 square feet there from Quality Oil. That’s more than three times the 1,621 square feet that Iron Hen has at its Greensboro location.

More about the Iron Hen:

We are an Owner operated coffee shop, café, and catering company, with an award-winning chef. We serve organic, fair trade coffee; local, seasonal, and sustainable food daily. It is our mission to connect the food we serve, to the farm it came from, and to the people at our tables. We favor organic and North Carolina grown, but make concessions in both areas in order to highlight other farmers and producers with time-honored methods and very good products. We pride ourselves in being responsible both locally and globally, by recycling, reducing waste, and insuring all disposable products are eco sound. We look forward to exchange between chef/staff and community in order to grow, and to meet the needs of those we serve.


Lex November 23, 2015 - 10:54 am

Is it a requirement that the space be offered to a local restaurant first? Good grief. The militant closed door economists in Asheville need to form their own commune, co-op, or whatever. These people want downtown exclusively to themselves. Exclusivity is about as Un-Asheville as it gets. I’m hoping these folks can hurry up and get some adult life experiences and perspective. This crowd’s vibe is selfish and nasty.

Mike November 20, 2015 - 12:54 pm

All these chains coming to town and ruining Asheville.

hauntedheadnc November 20, 2015 - 3:44 pm

It’s okay… give it a year or two and a Tupelo Honey will open in Greensboro, and then we’ll be even.

Jason Sandford November 20, 2015 - 4:04 pm

FYI Mike, the Iron Hen is an independent restauranteur.

Mike November 23, 2015 - 9:04 am

Hey, for what it’s worth, I was being sarcastic. I’m excited about this restaurant, actually. And flattered for Asheville.

Mitch November 19, 2015 - 5:06 pm

Know if a local restaurant was contacted?

Greensberger Native November 19, 2015 - 12:49 pm

Awesome! This place should do well. I’ve been to the location in Greensboro and it’s certainly on the level with the cuisine in Ashvegas.

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