As of Aug. 30, the deal is official: grass-fed burgers will make a home in the Leader Building. Atlanta-based Farm Burger is moving to the Leader Building at 10 Patton Ave., next to Salsa’s. The building will need to be renovated, and the restaurant could open next spring, says co-owner George Frangos.
Farm Burger and its sister restaurant, Farm 255, source local, sustainable meat, and plan to get involved with the local food community here. “Our intention isn't to just bring something from Atlanta and Decatur to Asheville,” Frangos says. “Look at all the resources and the farms that Asheville and the surrounding area have to offer. We're going to integrate that into what we do.”
Below the burger joint, One World Brewing will set up a brewery and retail operation in the basement of the building (it had previously been reported that the brewery would open next to Barley’s Taproom and Pizzeria). “I'm going to be doing a community-supported brewery. People can buy a monthly share of beer,” says Jason Schutz, brewer. “I'm going to have a little tavern down in the basement, and the Farm Burger will be selling my beer upstairs too.”
Schutz is also a local stone mason, and come October, he will be brother-in-law to Mann.