First, a moment of silence for Taqueria Gonzalez. The West Asheville hole-in-the-wall is no more. It closed at the beginning of June.
Despite its Haywood Road frontage, Gonzalez had all the charms of a secret spot. There was no menu, and if you didn’t speak Spanish, you ordered by pointing. The tortillas were made to order; the tacos were flavorful; the meals were no-frills but affordable.
Looking ahead, the former taqueria promises to harbor delicious eats once more. In fact, owner Rob Foster is renovating the space to hold two restaurants and about 2,100 square feet of office space.
If the leases go as planned, the new tenants at 747 and 751 Haywood won’t be unfamiliar: They already own nearby restaurants.
The owners of Asheville Sandwich on State Street, Brian and Tom Good and Lawrence Perkins, are designing a new concept for the space. “I don’t really feel comfortable saying what yet,” Brian says. “We’re going to have a lot of fun there.”
Next door, the folks behind Nine Mile are getting a lease together. Aaron Thomas, chef and co-owner of the Montford spot, says there’s no ink on the deal just yet, but he’ll keep Xpress updated. “You can mention it,” he says. “We haven’t signed a true lease yet; it’s kind of like a handshake and ‘yes,’ but it’s not official. It’s close.”