Carol Motsinger of Asheville Scene reports on the opening of the Mill Room:
Mike Rangel is in the business of being busy.
He owns a restaurant, a brewery and a movie theater.
And after Tuesday, he can add another facet to his field: a venue.
Rangel, who operates Asheville Pizza and Brewing, debuted The Mill Room Tuesday, an Asheland Avenue event space (The Mill Room will also host an invite-only Asheville Scene Beer Week party May 24).
The one element connecting Rangel’s plentiful pursuits? Affordability, he said.
Just as the Asheville Pizza and Brewing location on Merrimon Avenue screens films for just 3 bucks, Rangel conceived The Mill Room as a bargain buy. “We try to be the affordable guys,” he added.
The room is also an attempt to, well, furnish an empty space in the Asheville community.
Click over to read the rest. What else is coming to the South Slope, you ask? Let’s see: Hi-Wire Brewing, Burial Beer Co., Twin Leaf Brewing, Buxton Hill Barbecue, King Daddy Waffles, Beer City Pretzels to name just a few. Earlier this week, a company bought the former Standard Paper warehouse building on Banks Avenue. The former Zona Lofts spot on Coxe and the adajacent Chrysler building also recently changed hands. A new condo building has been proposed along Asheland.
Awesome! It’s great to see an events space open up – they are incubators of creativity and beauty for our community. However, I’m getting a little overwhelmed with all the breweries and stylized comfort food themed ‘eateries’. Not sure that South Slope’s “development” is worthy of much more than an eye roll right now.
What would you have open up instead in this area?
I agree with Matt on the new event/venue space. The Orange Peel has long been the only “smaller” venue to go for popular bands. Unfortunately, the Orange Peel has a bad reputation for how the staff treats customers and I myself am glad to have a different option. It has come to a point for me(and many others I know) to where I hate giving the Orange Peel my money. Yay for The Mill Room!