Local sources for crêpes will increase twofold this winter. In north Asheville, Cecilia Marchesini of the food truck Ceci's Culinary Tour will open for lunch out of the space she has been using as a commercial kitchen. Further north, in downtown Weaverville, a family of Florida transplants plan to open the Crêperie and Café of Weaverville.
Marchesini often sets up Ceci's Culinary Tour at the North Asheville Tailgate Market, where she's developed a regular following. “The truck business in the winter pretty much dies because people don't want to eat outside, and it's cold, so I kind of miss seeing my regular customers, and now I'm going to have the opportunity to chat with them all-year long,” she says.
The restaurant will be called Cecilia's Kitchen, and while crêpes are on the menu, Marchesini will also serve empanadas, tamales, salads and soups. She plans to begin with lunch during the week and hopes to expand later into breakfast on the weekends.
Cecilia's Kitchen is scheduled to open for lunch in mid-December at 961 Merrimon Ave. (The space used to be Artisan Catering and Deli before it moved across the street to 1020 Merrimon Ave.) Ceci's Culinary Tour will continue its mobile operation about town.
Further north, The Crêperie and Café of Weaverville will begin to take shape in December at the corner of North Main Street and Hamburg Mountain Road. That building once housed the still-open Maggie B's Wine & Specialty Store.
The new tenants are Jason Leonard, his wife, Stephanie, and their two teenage children. The family is relocating from Florida, where Jason sold crêpes out of a food trailer. He says the new restaurant will be a family endeavor, and it could open as soon as January, although he hasn't set an official date.
For more information about the Crêperie and Café of Weaverville, visit its Facebook page.