–In a Jan. 29 update on its website, Burial Beer announced that its much-anticipated second location just south of downtown Asheville, known as Forestry Camp, is on track to open in late summer or early fall. The Burial Beer folks bought the property at the end of 2015 and announced plans to open a restaurant, tap room and production facility there. Beer-making has been up and running there, and the rest is coming. From the post:
Slated to open to the public in early summer 2018, the Forestry Camp property will afford the brewery both a new outlet for retail and much needed space for their ever-growing festivals and events.
“Forestry Camp was named as such because it truly is a camp,” states co-founder Tim Gormley. “Six building are spread across its two acres, creating a feel akin to a winery estate or a university commons. I can’t imagine a better place for a festival. We may keep one of our annual festivals in the South Slope, for nostalgic reasons, but we will definitely be moving toward Forestry Camp hosted events. More info to come as the property becomes more fully realized.”
Forestry Camp boasts ample parking space via its own lot and connected parking above for an estimated 100 cars total. For events and weekends, 200 additional spaces will be available across from the property.
A small menu of sandwiches, charcuterie, and other locally purveyed goods are in planning for the beer bar. Additionally a curated wine list with a moderate whiskey and Amaro selection will be offered all the while keeping the focus on craft beer.
-NC NORML held its February meeting at the Holiday Inn on Saturday to talk about changing state law to allow legal access to marijuana. Activists see Asheville as a “battleground” city for cannabis reform because of its relatively liberal political leadership. There’s more information at access2green.com.
–Asheville Wordfest is set for April 12-15.
-The Savory Thyme Cafe is moving from the N.C. Arboretum to 1550 Hendersonville Road. The cafe offers soups and sandos, and does catering, as well.
-Texas Roadhouse plans to add about 465 square feet of dining space and some 38 additional seats to its 230 Hendersonville Road restaurant.
-Sub Grasso restaurant on Haywood Road in West Asheville has closed.
-Silverbird Gallery is a new art gallery at 144 Biltmore Avenue.
-Corner Kitchen Catering has closed. Owners Joe Scully and Kevin Westmoreland, who also own Corner Kitchen and Chestnut restaurants, said the closing was “a matter of focus,” in a press release. The catering kitchen at 48 Biltmore (underneath Chestnut) will be turned into a commissary to supply more house-made foods, chips, ice creams, and great desserts to both restaurants.