Kanoo restaurant out, Buffalo Nickel in on Haywood Road in West Asheville

Jason Sandford

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

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former_taqueria_gonzalez_building_2013Here’s the latest from Emily Bidwell, who posted the following story by Asheville Scene reporter Mackensy Lunsford, on the West Asheville Neighborhood Association page on Facebook page:

Anyone up for Cheffing?

Kanoo, the pan-Asian restaurant that was slated for 747 Haywood Road, will not open in that location. Another restaurant called Buffalo Nickel will take its place.

Brian Good, his father Tom and his business partner Lawrence Perkins, who also own the Asheville Sandwich Company, have shelved the Kanoo project for now to work on expanding their sandwich shop.

Good today said his concept just “wasn’t going to work in the space,” a two-level unit that previously housed Taqueria Gonzalez.

“We’re going to look for another space to open Kanoo,” Good said. He also said another location of Asheville Sandwich Company is in the works.

“Since we’re going to be opening another Asheville Sandwich Company first, Kanoo’s being tabled, for now,” he said.

Meanwhile, Lynn Foster, a local Realtor and an owner of the Haywood Road building, confirmed today that she’ll open a restaurant and bar there called Buffalo Nickel.

Foster is looking for a chef who might be able to put his or her stamp on the menu at Buffalo Nickel.

A second restaurant is reportedly going in next door to the Buffalo Nickel space; background here.

Jason Sandford

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

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  1. Matt October 29, 2013

    I wish they would just make the place nicer and bring back Taqueria Gonzalez, that place had the best tacos in town, I miss them dearly.

    1. danielle plainview October 30, 2013

      not even close to the best.

  2. Doug Cegelis October 28, 2013

    What Luther said…

  3. Orbit DVD October 28, 2013

    Pizza tacos or taco pizza!

    1. smytty October 29, 2013

      With a brewpub

    2. Taco Lover November 2, 2013

      Yes! Buffalo Tacos!

  4. luther blissett October 28, 2013

    So, in place of Taqueria Gonzalez, or Kanoo, that space gets a restaurant run by a realtor who’s currently looking for a chef? Way to go, gentrification.

  5. doghaus28815 October 28, 2013

    wish they would come to east ashe. we need some alternatives here!

  6. Mackensy Lunsford October 28, 2013

    Hi there Jason! You couldn’t have know this, but this was an article of mine that was posted on Facebook without credit. If you could attribute that to us, we would greatly appreciate it. Cheers, dude.

    1. Jason Sandford October 28, 2013

      Got it, Mackensy. I will amend. Thank you for the updated info!

      1. Mackensy Lunsford October 28, 2013



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