Small Bites

Mayfel’s: While Mayfel’s commitment to supporting local animal-welfare organizations is probably lost on even the smartest of canines, Spot’s sure to appreciate the complimentary dog treats available weekly on the downtown-Asheville restaurant’s patio (pictured). According to office manager Suzie Corr, diners are encouraged to bring their dogs to the restaurant’s “Dog Days of Summer” promotion, running every Thursday from now through the end of August. In addition to distributing free doggie goodies, the restaurant will donate 10 percent of its evening’s proceeds to an Asheville animal-welfare group, with a different organization benefiting each week. For more information, call 252-8840.

Photo by Jon Elliston

Tupelo Honey to re-open: After being closed for more than a week, Tupelo Honey Cafe plans to be back open and serving its Southern favorites on Wednesday, May 6. On April 24, a 6-inch sewer line clogged and backed up into the basement of Tupelo Honey on College Street in downtown Asheville, where thousands of gallons of water seeped in. The restaurant’s owner, management and employees have worked to clean and sanitize, and say they’re looking forward to getting back to business. Grease caused the clog in the sewer line, according to a spokesman for the Metropolitan Sewerage District, which oversees the lines.

Sadie’s Seafood Pub: “We really feel like we’re offering a completely different product,” S & W’s events director Leslie Rogers says of the restaurant’s decision to open a seafood eatery just yards away from the Lobster Trap, a Hall of Famer in the Xpress’ annual “Best Seafood” poll.

“We’re not offering the fine-dining experience,” Rogers explains. “We’re offering affordable seafood in a family-friendly atmosphere.”

Rogers hesitated to characterize Sadie’s offerings as Calabash-style, but described the menu as featuring fried and broiled fish served with coleslaw and hush puppies. Other items include a low-country boil, priced at $12.95 a person, and a selection of steamed shellfish.

Sadie’s replaces the Corner House Café, which experimented with breakfast service and live music before shuttering.

Sadie’s, at 54 Patton Ave., serves lunch and dinner and is closed on Mondays. To learn more, call 505-3364.

Green Tea Sushi: Hoping to provide diners with air as fresh as its sushi, Green Tea in West Asheville has added outdoor seating. To celebrate the patio’s official grand opening, the restaurant is offering discounted beer and sake on Sundays and Mondays. Call 252-8300 for more.

Restaurant Closings: Area restaurants have proved remarkably resilient as the current recession rolls on, but the economy likely played a role in the recent demise of two restaurants: Rita’s Cantina—the massive Tex-Mex eatery that opened last year in the Biltmore Village space previously occupied by Trevi’s—and Eleanor’s Sports Tavern and Grill in Hendersonville have both closed.

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