Jason Sandford

Jason Sandford is a reporter, writer, blogger and photographer interested in all things Asheville.

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More restaurant and food-related news going around:

-El Kimchi food truck is reopening. They’ll be serving up their deliciousness from 4-8 pm every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at their spot in front of The Brew Pump on Haywood Road in Wes

-Happy Hill restaurant on Patton Avenue in West Asheville has re-opened for pick up from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday. Call ahead (258-0736) or come by and place your order.

-Oyster House Brewing and restaurant in West Asheville is back open from 4-8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. Phone in your “Quarantine Cafe” order with your card at 575-9370.

-Over at Kickback AVL, a restaurant delivery service founded in 2018 by two #Asheville entrepreneurs, business is good. They’re hiring drivers.

-Work is continuing on Rye Knot, a new restaurant, brewery and distillery coming together in the Merrimon Avenue shopping center that’s home to Stein Mart. The Rye Knot is moving into the old El Chapala restaurant spot around the north side of the shopping center.

-Asheville Chef Katie Button continues to call for federal aid specifically targeting independent restaurants, noting that the current coronavirus relief packages don’t work for indy restaurants. She’s asking supporters to to to and sign a petition telling federal lawmakers to amend the program known as the Paycheck Protection Program to help indy restaurant owners.

-Grassroots Aid Partnership, with assistance from Soul and Soil Project, is preparing and distributing free meals from a mobile kitchen parked at Dr. Dave’s Automotive on Haywood Road in West Asheville, reports Mountain Xpress.

-John Atwater, owner of Mamacita’s Taqueria in downtown Asheville, says the Biltmore Avenue eater will reopen soon. Last week, he was working the drive-thru today at its sister restaurant, Mamacita’s Taco Temple on Charlotte Street, which reopened.

-Pack’s Tavern, a family owned restaurant in downtown Asheville, celebrated its 10th anniversary this weekend. The restaurant opened on April 19, 2010. The restaurant is open for takeout and delivery.

-The Grey Eagle Taqueria is opening on Tuesdays (Taco Tuesdays) and selling taco kits.

-Despite the current uncertainty, a new restaurant is in the works for the Enka-Candler community. Griff’s Kitchen & Bar, a restaurant owned by Gina and Ian Griffin, set for a summer opening on Sandhill Road. Ian Griffin is a currently a chef at All Souls Pizza.

-Bottle Riot wine bar owners Lauri and Barrett Nichols have announced that they’ve added online ordering, curbside pickup and home delivery. Online orders can be placed anytime at with curbside pickup available, Monday – Friday from
1 p.m. – 5 p.m., starting Monday, April 20. Customers can email [email protected] or
message @bottleriot on Facebook with preferences and budget, and Bottle Riot will reply with personalized picks and recommendations. Bottle Riot is located at Wedge Studios in the River Arts District.

-The Dunkin’ doughnut shop at 305 Smoky Park Highway has reopened after a major remodeling. The 11-year-old shop is currently limiting service to drive-thru ordering and carry-out amid ongoing coronavirus concerns. With the remodeling, Dunkin’ workers now serve cold beverages through a tap system with eight consistently cold beverages such as coffees, iced teas, cold brew coffee and nitro infused cold brew coffee. The shop also features  an area dedicated to mobile pickups, so that members of the Dunkin’s rewards program who order ahead via the shop’s mobile app can get in and out of the restaurant more quickly. New in-store ordering kiosks are coming.

Jason Sandford

Jason Sandford is a reporter, writer, blogger and photographer interested in all things Asheville.

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