Word on the street: Italian is out, Chinese is in for new downtown Asheville restaurant


Word on the street is that a proposed Italian restaurant concept is out for a new space in the former Windsor Hotel on Broadway Street in downtown Asheville. The new concept – a Chinese restaurant.

The daily newspaper reported recently that Macchialina Taverna Rustica, an upscale restaurant by a couple of Miami restauranteurs, was planning to open in the space as early as September. That plan’s been ditched, apparently, in  favor of a Chinese eatery. Which would be just fine by me. Asheville’s needs some good Chinese.

But who knows. Rumors about various restaurants for that site have been flying for a year. There was going to be a Waffle House downtown at the site. Then there was going to be a Chipotle. We’ll wait and see.


Marilyn January 15, 2015 - 3:44 pm

Appears the Italian place is back on. New signs in the window say it’s coming soon. Right across from Strada. Oh Boy! Isn’t Asheville Fun?

Meg May 23, 2014 - 1:24 am

I’d be very happy with a GOOD Chinese or diner. Glad they scrapped the Italian idea! Strada is right across the street.

Meg May 23, 2014 - 1:22 am

Would be really happy with Chinese or 24 hour diner!

indie May 22, 2014 - 5:43 pm

There is no good Chinese food, here or anywhere else.

april May 27, 2014 - 3:01 pm

I so agree!

Andrew Fletcher May 21, 2014 - 1:00 pm

I want a 24 hour diner and not a damn artisanal anything.

Maybe soon May 22, 2014 - 9:53 am

Rumor was the former barbecue inn on Patton was becoming a 24hr diner….

Joseph Barcia May 22, 2014 - 3:43 pm

Agreed entirely!

shawn May 21, 2014 - 9:31 am

Does the name happen to be; 5-10 minute?

Nina Tovish May 20, 2014 - 8:27 pm

Oh please, please, please let there be some actual good Chinese food.

burnsey May 21, 2014 - 2:54 am

That’s not a buffet.

Ian Casselberry May 20, 2014 - 6:30 pm

If true, fuck to the yeah.

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