Small Bites

The Prospect: Buxton Avenue, whose place on Asheville's drinking map was long ago secured by Jack of the Wood offshoot Dirty Jack's, is home to a new bar: RyAnn Linton and Phil Jackson moved to Asheville in December to open The Prospect (pictured above) at 11 Buxton Ave. (you'll find it off Coxe Avenue). Linton describes the bar, which serves beer, wine and liquor, as "funky and cozy."

The Prospect Photo by Jonathan Welch

"We have our own music on our jukebox, a pool table, swanky vintage tables and chairs, even a pair of vintage bus seats that I pulled out of a dilapidated bus myself," she writes.

Linton says the couple plans to add a petanque court, horseshoe pit and movie projector to the bar's fenced-in yard.

The Prospect is open every day from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. To learn more, call (919) 360-2983.

Roman's: A Fairview takeout joint has relocated to downtown Asheville and is inviting its customers to stay awhile. Roman's is now a "full fast-service" restaurant, owner Roman Braverman reports. "We've moved on to bigger things," he writes.

Roman's, 75A Haywood Street (the main floor of the Vanderbilt Apartments building), offers a lengthy menu of sandwiches made with Boar's Head meats, vegetable paninis, soups, salads and Hickory Nut Gap burgers. The restaurant's making the most of its new central address, offering downtown delivery with a $20 minimum order and staying open late on Civic Center event nights.

Roman's is open every day from 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. For more information, call 505-1552.   

Avery Creek Bistro: An Orlando couple has taken over the historic building that briefly housed Thornhill's Fine Dining, opening Avery Creek Bistro at 339 Avery Creek Road in Arden. "We are not into gimmicks and quite simply just want to provide the area with a gathering place to enjoy beautiful ambiance, excellent food and great service," e-mails general manager Lauren Lostetter, who co-owns the restaurant with her boyfriend, chef Mike Gleason.

Lostetter and Gleason met at a Florida resort, and moved to the Asheville area last month to pursue their restaurant ownership dreams.

The bistro's open for lunch and dinner, and serves a continental menu featuring roasted chicken, seared salmon, crab cakes and French onion soup; dinner entrées are priced at $15-$20. Avery Creek is open Tues.-Sun., 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. For more information, call 676-1616.

Horizons: Grove Park Inn's ritziest restaurant is cheaper than ever for area residents. On Mondays and Wednesdays from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Buncombe County residents are eligible for 20 percent off their tabs at Horizons. The restaurant also recently debuted its winter a la carte menu, featuring entrees starting at $18. To learn more, call 252-2711.

Mother and Son Bistro: Brother Wolf Animal Rescue will be the beneficiary of a fundraising dinner this weekend at Mother and Son Bistro in North Asheville. The restaurant's offering a $12.95 spaghetti supper on Saturday, Feb. 27, with $2 a person promised to the animal-advocacy group. In addition to spaghetti with meatballs or eggplant parmesan, diners will receive garlic knots, a green salad and spumoni for dessert. For reservations, call 505-3510.

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