The owner of the Laughing Seed restaurant and Jack of the Wood, Joe Eckert, is opening a third establishment in Weaverville called the Jack of Hearts. While this may be old news for some, the big announcement is that the bar and restaurant will open in April. It was originally slated to open late last year.
The new business is not a duplicate of the Jack of the Wood, but will still offer the tavern's well-loved Green Man brews, as well as plenty of other local craft beer.
Jack of Hearts will be located at 10 S. Main St. in Weaverville in a historic building that used to house the Weaverville fire station. The location allows for outdoor dining and drinking and adds even more flavor to an area that seems to be going through a renaissance.
Altamont Brewing Company opens in West Asheville
The latest addition to the Asheville brewery scene, Altamont Brewing Company, is now open at 1042 Haywood Road in West Asheville. The brewery has no house-brewed beer yet; that should come in early summer, the owners say. For now, Altamont is a wide-open brew pub and music venue supplemented with ping pong and Xbox.
The Storm Rhum Bar and Bistro, which Xpress covered earlier this year, is still on course to open this spring at 125 S. Lexington Ave. The website, although at this point quite basic, is now up and running.
Chai Pani fundraiser
Chai Pani in downtown Asheville is holding a fundraiser for Odyssey School tonight (Monday, March 21). Mention that you support Odyssey and Chai Pani will donate 50 percent of your check to the school.
A 'cue tip
Tonight (Monday, March 21), Luella's Bar-B-Que features Monday madness: a barbecue sandwich with a side of hush puppies costs only $5. Local brews are only $3. Luella's serves until 9 p.m.