The space is looking great. Here’s more from a story about TAP I wrote for the Asheville Citizen-Times that was published Saturday:
The Asheville Public was clattering with noise of power tools as workers, including the executive chef, rolled up their sleeves to put finishing touches on the building renovation. The eatery is located in the former Silver Dollar Cafe, an iconic local diner and one of Asheville’s oldest restaurants before it closed earlier this year. The team putting the restaurant together is Mark and Jenny Henegan, executive chef Danny Schwalje and his wife, Dara DeBoer-Schwalje. The opening date is set for Dec. 19.
The Asheville Public will feature charcuterie — smoked meats — as well as house-made condiments, a selection of local beer, wine and a farm-to-table menu. A big garden beside the restaurant was seeded Friday, said Jenny Henegan, and there are plans for a greenhouse.
“One thing we’ve decided to do is a full breakfast,” Henegan said. “People kept stopping and asking us if we were going to do breakfast because this was a breakfast stop for 40 years, so we decided to do it.”