UPDATED Goodbye, Blue Water Seafood

Lurphy DePalma

Larry Halstead is a tech nerd with an affinity for arts & sports. Reppin' the hard streets of South Asheville for almost 15 years. He's made this city home and has vowed to never stop fighting to keep it as weird & unique as possible.

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Updated 1:55 p.m.: The restaurant’s statement on Facebook:

Our family is extremely saddened to close Blue Water Seafood. Due to the constant fluctuations in fuel costs, labor costs, seafood costs and the frustrating economy, we made the difficult decision to close. We are very grateful to the many, many customers who supported us over the past 10 years. At this time, we needed to have mental, physical and emotional relief for our family.

Both sites of the restaurant and seafood market, in Asheville and Hendersonville, are closed. Ashvegas wishes the owners well in their next endeavor.


The Charlotte Street seafood restaurant and market was closed on Wednesday, with paper over the windows and nothing inside but a seafood case. Looks closed for good, but we don’t yet have details.

Anyone know more?

Lurphy DePalma

Larry Halstead is a tech nerd with an affinity for arts & sports. Reppin' the hard streets of South Asheville for almost 15 years. He's made this city home and has vowed to never stop fighting to keep it as weird & unique as possible.

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  1. bill October 13, 2012

    Somebody please open something Vegetarian friendly in this spot.

    Or at least not 100% cruelty based and environmentally destructive.

    By the way, I heard Neo Burrito was going to open a spot at the old BP on Charlotte. What happened to that?

    1. Clue??? April 11, 2013

      Just crawl out from under the rock you live and look around. Try Rosettas Kitchen, Laughing Seed, Plant, Veg Heads, Hifi Cafe, Early Girl to name a few. BTW, farming seafood is one of the least destructive for the environment.

  2. Nathan October 11, 2012

    I’ve been hearing rumors that they pulled a midnight move out. If that is true, why would they do that??? That smells fishy.

  3. Orbit DVD October 11, 2012

    Yeah, there’s some pretty harsh comments for a place that I always found friendly and inviting.

    My question is if there’s any place in town now that sells fresh seafood.

    1. Eric October 12, 2012

      That parking lot in North Asheville at the old Savoy? I’ve never tried them, but they’ve been coming there long enough, they must be somewhat legit.

  4. HL October 10, 2012

    It really saddens me to read how hateful and ugly some people in our city can be. I think the family is very saddened by the fact that their 10 year business that they gave their all to had to close. The service I received from the Asheville location was wonderful and the workers were very kind. The family that owned Blue Water were so very generous with their money, time AND food. They donated to schools, charity functions and more. So sorry to see it go.

  5. RM October 10, 2012

    The owners of this restaurant are some of the kindest, most generous people I know. They were always striving to be better. The idea that they would take your money, knowing they were closing is absurd- they did not know they were closing. It was a very sudden decision. Lastly, it is not inexpensive to provide fresh fish daily in the mountains. These people worked themselves to the bone, so please be kind and wish them well.

  6. Cheryl October 10, 2012

    FDR, I bought the card as a gift for friends who like to eat there. I don’t eat meat or even seafood very often because of the expense. It wasn’t very much money, it just seems like they must have known they were getting ready to close and took my money anyway.

  7. FDR October 10, 2012

    Cheryl, you were robbed. What was the difference in their seafood ad the seafood you get at Earth Fare?

  8. Cheryl October 10, 2012

    A friend who lives above them called me last night and said a whole team of movers was there, pulling out everything, even sinks. It pisses me off because I just bought a gift card for a friend’s anniversary, and I’m sure they must have known this was coming. I feel like I’ve been robbed.

  9. Molly October 10, 2012

    I saw them loading everything out into a big moving truck around 10pm last night. I was hoping this wasn’t the case!

  10. Doug Sahm October 10, 2012

    We went to the Charlotte St. location twice and received terrible customer service both times. We had to practically wave our arms in the air to get their attention, and we were the only ones at the counter. Then they acted like we were bothering them by patronizing the place.
    Really wanted to like it, since we live within walking distance, but I will not shop somewhere with poor customer service.
    Now, I’m pretty sure my wife and I are single-handedly keeping The Chop Shop in business. Nice folks there.

  11. mrzeau October 10, 2012

    Yeah, looks like they’re no more. The company website has been pulled down, and a recording on the Hendersonville location’s phone says that they’re closed and will not be reopening (there’s no message on the AVL location’s phone). Weird! They just decided to open on Sundays and had posted enthusiastically about this Sunday’s crowd. Yes, their fresh fish prices were pretty high, but their menu prices were totally reasonable, and the food was always good. I’ll miss ’em.

  12. Shawn October 10, 2012

    Given the state of the economy, I highly doubt that people will shell out money for overpriced seafood…their prices were ridiculous.

    1. Tyler October 10, 2012

      agreed – this place was waaaaay overpriced. good riddance.


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