Mountain Xpress has the details about the Thirsty Monk expansion. The Monk one of Asheville’s great downtown watering holes:
Owner Barry Bialik plans to call the new liquor bar “Nuns on Top,” and it will fill out the three-story building where Thirsty Monk opened in 2008 on the bottom floor. After just a few months, the 14 Belgian-style beers on tap and the 140 bottled selections proved popular enough for Bialik to expand to the second floor, where Thirsty Monk serves American craft brews and cask ales.
Nuns on Top will retain the Monk’s emphasis on high-end products, and the branding will be similar, but it will offer an experience of its own making. Despite its proximity, Nuns on Top will inhabit a separate space from the Thirsty Monk, with its own entrance on Patton Avenue. Bialik has gussied up the third floor, which has served as his offices for the past several years, into an unconventional watering hole. It will offer bargoers an open floor plan with a large patio overlooking Commerce Street.
I applaud the entrepreneurial success of a bar I’ve often enjoyed and deplore the distasteful name.