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.
I wonder if the Montford Historic District will require that they preserve the astroturf steps at the entrance, you know…. for history.
I guess you haven’t been by recently. Those steps were the first thing to go.
Good to hear, I’m sure it will be easy on the eyes… Michael McDonough does some nice work.
The steps already went, but apparently the Historic District *did* make them change their plans to leave that goofy facade on front of the building.
please be organic Italian, too many non-organic Italian places around
Organic, vegan, gluten-free, nonGMO Italian or I’m not going!
There’s a local wheat scene, hopefully they’ll be on board with that.
That church space was almost purchased by some local dancers to be used as a movement arts cooperative. Italian restaurant is a little less exciting but glad somebody gets gets to use it.