montford_church_2014Word on the street is that a new Italian restaurant is in the works at a former church on the corner of Chestnut and Montford avenues in Asheville’s Montford neighborhood.

Montford right now is home to two restaurants serving up delicious eats – Tod’s Tasties and Nine Mile. For many years it’s also been home to a number of swank bed and breakfasts which cater to tourists, which also makes it a smart location for a new eatery.

Mackensy Lunsford, reporter for Asheville Scene, confirms:

The structure, once complete, will house an Italian restaurant tentatively called Chiesa Italian, the word “chiesa” being Italian for Church.

Michael McDonough, a local architect and one of the owners of the building, said the property has been rezoned for business use. The restaurant, once complete, is likely to have 49 seats, give or take, and possibly a downstairs patio.

The owners have gotten approval to excavate around the building, exposing the original foundation plus some original doors and windows, according to McDonough.



  1. I wonder if the Montford Historic District will require that they preserve the astroturf steps at the entrance, you know…. for history.

  2. please be organic Italian, too many non-organic Italian places around

  3. sweet idea

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