Carolina Epicurean reports that Chef John Fleer, owner of Rhubarb restaurant in downtown Asheville, has leased the space on South Lexington Avenue formerly home to French Broad Chocolate Lounge. The chocolate lounge moved to Pack Square (a stone’s throw from Rhubarb) earlier this year.
He’s planning an event center on the 2nd floor. For the first floor he plans a ‘resource’ center that will include many of the local products he uses, a cooking class area, and a possible area for lectures, like bringing in cookbook authors.
That sounds like a great use of the place, if all that is confirmed.
Photo by STEWART O’SHIELDS for ASHVEGAS.COM.
I just want to say that I think this guy is awesome. This past Spring, a group of teachers at a local elementary school started an afterschool club for students who for various reasons were not able to access many of the local attractions this town is known for. During one such outing, John Fleer and the staff at Rhubarb treated the group of 9 students to an absolutely amazing 3 course family style meal. Plate after plate was brought before these students and John and the staff went above and beyond in making the kids feel special! They talked to the kids about where the food came from, how it was prepared, and gave the kids time to ask questions. The amount of food served to our tables would have run hundreds of dollars had we been charged and the incredible care and attention they delivered to the students was priceless. For the staff involved that day, we were stunned and it was a highlight of the school year. John Fleer, thanks so much for helping create such a special day for our students that day! Good luck on this new project!