Downtown Asheville

Video: Progress report on The Arras in downtown Asheville

The Arras is on track to open next year.

UN CHAIN AVL: Bartaco Destroys Art Deco Treasure

UN CHAIN AVL: Bartaco Destroys Art Deco Treasure

[the following editorial about Bartaco is the opinion of the author alone] WHY WE RESIST Did you know that Asheville has one of the most notable collections of Art Deco buildings of any city in the country? In the world, actually. That seems really amazing when you think about it, but it’s absolutely true! Google it. You’ll see. I did[Read More…]

Chestnut Asheville to Host Jones vonDrehle Vineyards Wine Dinner

Chestnut Asheville to Host Jones vonDrehle Vineyards Wine Dinner

The dinner is set for Feb. 18.

Chicken, biscuit, gravy, eggs, cheese, and hash browns a la Mojo.

Asheville Bluegrass Brunch at Mojo Kitchen and Lounge

Hello Asheville, In my “Best of 2015” Stoobie Awards, I have listed three “brunches of note,” along with the winner for “Best Brunch 2015!” That high honor went to my friends at The Junction, with The Grey Eagle, and Buffalo Nickel also receiving the nod. In my piece I admit that I don’t eat a lot of brunch, because my[Read More…]

Best of Asheville – The 2015 Stoobie Awards – Part Three

Best of Asheville – The 2015 Stoobie Awards – Part Three

Stu picks his best Asheville restaurant of the year, names his best server of the year and much, much more.

PODCAST: Stu Helm / Chef Joe Scully: AVL Food Fans 12 – “AVL AIR Heads”

PODCAST: Stu Helm / Chef Joe Scully: AVL Food Fans 12 – “AVL AIR Heads”

Stu and co-host Joe Scully talk about the possibility of abolishing tipping, and much more.

“Possibly Turkey” –  Where to Eat and Drink in Asheville on Thanksgiving Day

“Possibly Turkey” – Where to Eat and Drink in Asheville on Thanksgiving Day

Stu’s got a Thanksgiving Day run-down for you.

Halloween Poster Show set for The Orange Peel in Asheville

Halloween Poster Show set for The Orange Peel in Asheville

Jenny Fares of Sound Mind Creative has produced and organized the event, which features more than a dozen Asheville artists and designers.

PODCAST: Stu Helm and Chef Joe Scully: AVL Food Fans 10 – “Pumpkin Spiced Radio”

PODCAST: Stu Helm and Chef Joe Scully: AVL Food Fans 10 – “Pumpkin Spiced Radio”

Stu and Joe talk to Mountain Xpress food writers Gina Smith and Jonathan Ammons.

Stu Helm: Food Fan – I hEArT Buxton Hall BBQ

Stu Helm: Food Fan – I hEArT Buxton Hall BBQ

Hello Asheville! Okay, so what if I’m having a very public love affair with Buxton Hall Barbeque? So WHAT? Piss off. When love comes my way, I let it wash over me like a tangy vinegar sauce, smoke me all night long, and slow-cook my heart until it falls apart into pile of delicious… heart… meat… Okay that analogy got[Read More…]

Stu Helm & Chef Joe Scully: AVL Food Fans Podcast Episode 8 – “A Bitter Pill”

Stu Helm & Chef Joe Scully: AVL Food Fans Podcast Episode 8 – “A Bitter Pill”

Hello Asheville! The eighth and latest episode of the AVL Food Fans podcast has been recorded, posted, and is currently available to listen to and download, and you can even get it for free from the iTunes store! As always, Chef Joe Scully is my co-host, and this time, our special guests are Chef Hollie West of The Sweet Monkey Bakery, who won the Chef’s Challenge at the Asheville Wine &[Read More…]

Stu Helm & Chef Joe Scully: AVL Food Fans Podcast Episode 7 – “Penance and Cheesecake”

Stu Helm & Chef Joe Scully: AVL Food Fans Podcast Episode 7 – “Penance and Cheesecake”

Hello Asheville! The seventh and latest episode of the AVL Food Fans podcast has been recorded, posted, and is currently available to listen to and download, and you can even get it for free from the iTunes store! As always, Chef Joe Scully is my co-host, and this time, our special guests are Chefs Mandy and Christopher Butler from 50/Fifty: The Art of Dessert, and they brought us[Read More…]

Stu Helm & Chef Joe Scully: AVL Food Fans Podcast Episode 6 – “Everyone Loves Grass, Even Cows””

Stu Helm & Chef Joe Scully: AVL Food Fans Podcast Episode 6 – “Everyone Loves Grass, Even Cows””

Hello Asheville! The sixth and latest episode of the AVL Food Fans podcast is “in the can” as they say, and it’s our best one yet! ___ As always, Chef Joe Scully from Chestnut​ and The Corner Kitchen​ is my co-host, and this time, our special guest is Jamie Ager from Hickory Nut Gap Farm​ who talks to us about happy cows[Read More…]

Stu Helm: Food Fan, Family Trip, Part 2: Scotland and Scottish Food

Stu Helm: Food Fan, Family Trip, Part 2: Scotland and Scottish Food

Hello Asheville! Well, Summer is wrapping-up, winding down, moving on, and effing off for another year. I hope you had a good one! I did, that’s for sure, and one of the main reasons for my good Summer was the wonderful overseas vacation that I went on with 8 members of my immediate family. Also known as: #familytrip As I[Read More…]

Photo Gallery: AVL Food Fans at The Asheville Wine and Food Festival 2015

Photo Gallery: AVL Food Fans at The Asheville Wine and Food Festival 2015

Hello Asheville! Here are just a few shots of some of the staff, volunteers, and attendees at the three major events that make up  the Asheville Wine and Food Festival: Elixir, Sweet, and The Grand Tasting. The women looked great, as usual. The men? Frump-dee-dump-dump (to the theme of TV’s Dragnet) for the most part. A few dudes looked okay,[Read More…]

Stu Helm & Chef Joe Scully: AVL Food Fans Podcast Episode 5 – “Anthony is a Nice Guy”

Stu Helm & Chef Joe Scully: AVL Food Fans Podcast Episode 5 – “Anthony is a Nice Guy”

Stu used to be a vegetarian once upon a time, but now he’s eating deliciously horrible stuff like veal.

Stu Helm: Food Fan on Episode 3 of AVL Food Fans Podcast w/ Chef Joe Scully

Stu Helm: Food Fan on Episode 3 of AVL Food Fans Podcast w/ Chef Joe Scully

Stu and Joe interview Jennifer Lapidus of Carolina Ground boutique flour mill, and baker Laura Geotz of Table/Tod’s Tasties/ Imperial life.

Stu Helm: Food Fan on Episode 2 of AVL Food Fans Podcast w/ Chef Joe Scully

Stu Helm: Food Fan on Episode 2 of AVL Food Fans Podcast w/ Chef Joe Scully

Stu and Scully get romantic, and chat about good first-date restaurant spots.

Stu Helm: Food Fan, on The Big List: May 2015, and AVL Food Fans Podcast with Chef Joe Scully

Stu Helm: Food Fan, on The Big List: May 2015, and AVL Food Fans Podcast with Chef Joe Scully

Hello Asheville! Who likes lists? Lists are fun. Lately I’ve been keeping a list of ALLL the places that I eat at every month, and then posting my lists to FaceBook. This time around, I actually talked to Chef Joe Scully (from Corner Kitchen and Chestnut) about each and every one of the venues on my May List during the pilot episode of AVL Food Fans,[Read More…]

Stu Helm: Food Fan, on Fresh West, The Junction, Sovereign Remedies, Buxton Hall BBQ, Burial Beer Co., Asheville

Stu Helm: Food Fan, on Fresh West, The Junction, Sovereign Remedies, Buxton Hall BBQ, Burial Beer Co., Asheville

Hello Asheville! Have you guys seen Mad Max: Fury Road yet? Dawn and I caught it on opening weekend, and to be honest, I don’t think we should have had to pay full price… because we only used the very edge of our seats!  Wakka wakka. On a more serious note: Holy crapperdoodles!!! Action? You bet! Explosions? Like, a million of[Read More…]

Stu Helm: Food Fan, on coffee, coffee, coffee, and men in Asheville

Stu Helm: Food Fan, on coffee, coffee, coffee, and men in Asheville

Stu goes off on coffee. As usual, beware the liberal use of four-letter words.

VIDEO Food Fans Habibi Artisanal Baklava: Sweet Eats for a Good Cause

VIDEO Food Fans Habibi Artisanal Baklava: Sweet Eats for a Good Cause

I visit with Jennifer MacDonald from Habibi Artisanal Baklava, and Aimee Diaz from Bomba Cafe in Pack Sq., Downtown Asheville. Jennifer explains how profits from sales of her amazing baklava go to a non-profit that provides baskets of toys to refugee children in Lebanon… Part 1 – Meeting Jennifer, hearing the story of Habibi Baklava… _ Part2 – Meeting Aimee and tasting[Read More…]

Stu Helm: Food Critic, on Zambra, Vue 1913, Grove Park Inn and Asheville romance

Stu Helm: Food Critic, on Zambra, Vue 1913, Grove Park Inn and Asheville romance

The atmosphere at Zambra is one of its romantic bonfa fides: dimly lit with an “exotic” vibe, there’s usually some sexy Euro-lounge music playing softly in the background.

Stu Helm, Food Critic on Brooklyn Bro’s, Fuddruckers, whole milk and Asheville kids menus

Stu Helm, Food Critic on Brooklyn Bro’s, Fuddruckers, whole milk and Asheville kids menus

Also, Stu wants to know if you’re a local, independent restaurant and you have a “kid’s eat free” policy.

Stu Helm, Food Critic on Oskar Blues Brunch, Sovereign Remedies, Wasabi Asheville

Stu Helm, Food Critic on Oskar Blues Brunch, Sovereign Remedies, Wasabi Asheville

Also, Helm notes the passing of Drexler McStyles.

Stu Helm, food critic, names Asheville server, chef, restaurant of the year in 2014 Stoobies

Stu Helm, food critic, names Asheville server, chef, restaurant of the year in 2014 Stoobies

Happy New Year Asheville! Did everybody have a nice…  y’know…  whatever it is that you do or don’t celebrate around this time of year?  My Family celebrates Christmas, Festivus, and a little bit of Boxing Day.  I was raised Christian, and I still have the Christmas bug in me, and I’m all about the tree, the gift giving, the flashing[Read More…]

FOR SALE The Emerald Lounge bar on Lexington Avenue in downtown Asheville

FOR SALE The Emerald Lounge bar on Lexington Avenue in downtown Asheville

The bar is a prime location on one of Asheville’s most eclectic streets. Purchase price: $69,000.

by May 2, 2014 13 comments Downtown Asheville
SOLD! Asheville’s Downtown Market to owners of Troy and Sons Distillers

SOLD! Asheville’s Downtown Market to owners of Troy and Sons Distillers

Update: The owners of Hi-Fi Cafe say that new plans for the building layout exclude their business.

by March 13, 2014 16 comments Downtown Asheville
Asheville’s Tupelo Honey Cafe to close for renovations; adding seats, full bar

Asheville’s Tupelo Honey Cafe to close for renovations; adding seats, full bar

The restaurant is scheduled to reopen March 28 with a special open house.

SOLD! 25 Broadway in downtown Asheville for $1.365 million

SOLD! 25 Broadway in downtown Asheville for $1.365 million

Downtown Asheville property is red hot and selling.

For sale: Building on South Lexington in downtown Asheville, behind Orange Peel and Wicked Weed

For sale: Building on South Lexington in downtown Asheville, behind Orange Peel and Wicked Weed

The commercial broker listing the prime location wants to hear from the public: what would you like to see here?

by February 28, 2014 17 comments Asheville News, Downtown Asheville
One World Brewing eyes April opening in downtown Asheville

One World Brewing eyes April opening in downtown Asheville

One World promises to have plenty of beers on tap when it opens this spring.

by February 16, 2014 0 comments Asheville News, Downtown Asheville
SOLD: Bank of America building in downtown Asheville for $3.2 million

SOLD: Bank of America building in downtown Asheville for $3.2 million

A group of Florida investors, a group that already owns the Windsor Hotel building and S&W building downtown, has purchased the bank building.

by February 13, 2014 8 comments Asheville News, Downtown Asheville
Duncan and York, new downtown general store, coming to 34 Broadway in downtown Asheville

Duncan and York, new downtown general store, coming to 34 Broadway in downtown Asheville

The owners had been planning to move in next to Farm Burger on Patton Avenue, but that’s off. Instead, their moving into the former Windsor Hotel location.

Asheville fitness bootcamp, Ladies Gun Club, going co-ed and starting next session July 29

Asheville fitness bootcamp, Ladies Gun Club, going co-ed and starting next session July 29

The bootcamp is the work of Well.Fit Asheville.

Asheville Scene: Curate owners exploring options for new venture in Asheville

Asheville Scene: Curate owners exploring options for new venture in Asheville

The owners of the hugely popular Curate have their eyes set on something new.

Will Asheville’s real ‘arts district’ please stand up?

Will Asheville’s real ‘arts district’ please stand up?

Now there’s a Downtown Asheville Art District and a River Arts District. It’s DAAD vs. RAD.

Asheville Scene: New Portuguese food truck, Bom Bus, in Asheville

Asheville Scene: New Portuguese food truck, Bom Bus, in Asheville

A meeting on April 4 may increase the number of food trucks in downtown.

Asheville’s Beer City Festival 2013 poster released

Asheville’s Beer City Festival 2013 poster released

Cool poster. I love posters.

Brother, can you spare (another) dime? City looking at increasing Asheville parking rates

Brother, can you spare (another) dime? City looking at increasing Asheville parking rates

The city is looking at jacking up a variety of fees to balance its budget, including raising the cost to park downtown.

No more Bele Chere, mon frere?

No more Bele Chere, mon frere?

How did Bele Chere and downtown diverge, and what’s next?

Papadosio to play show inside Asheville’s Masonic Temple

Papadosio to play show inside Asheville’s Masonic Temple

It’s a special show for Papadosio. Only 300 seats available.

Historic Lexington Avenue building set to be demolished

Historic Lexington Avenue building set to be demolished

This building is special because there’s actually a building inside a building here.

Asheville’s Montford Books will close by end of April

Asheville’s Montford Books will close by end of April

Owner Kay Manley says she has mixed emotions about closing up shop.

Illustrator Charles Vess to speak at Malaprop’s on March 16

Illustrator Charles Vess to speak at Malaprop’s on March 16

Did you know Virginian author Vess is a fan of Asheville, and Malaprop’s?

Next up for Asheville’s South Slope: King Daddy’s Chicken and Waffles

Next up for Asheville’s South Slope: King Daddy’s Chicken and Waffles

The new restaurant coming to the hot, hot, hot South Slope will be the work of Julie and John Stehling of Early Girl Eatery.

Asheville Citizen-Times: Food trucks may come to Masonic Lodge lot

Asheville Citizen-Times: Food trucks may come to Masonic Lodge lot

Officials with the Mt. Hermon Masonic Lodge said they’ll ask for city permission to open the lot to food trucks.

Photos: Farm Burger preview

Photos: Farm Burger preview

Look for the downtown eatery to open in mid to late March.

More Asheville food trucks? Downtown Commission will discuss increasing permits

More Asheville food trucks? Downtown Commission will discuss increasing permits

The food truck discussion will be held at 8:30 a.m. on March 8 in Asheville City Hall.

Asheville nightclub to morph into ‘Zombie Town’ on weekends

Asheville nightclub to morph into ‘Zombie Town’ on weekends

Club Metropolis is hosting auditions this weekend for zombie actors and videographers.