Who says that the economy is faltering? Well, lots of financial analysts and such. But to take a look at our local restaurant scene, you'd never know it.
The Green Sage Café and Coffeehouse is opening a second location at 1800 Hendersonville Rd. continuing the trend of eateries popping up in that area of town. The restaurant should be open by early fall.
The One Stop Deli and Bar is (at press time) set to open July 1 at 55 College Ave. It's in the first floor of the former Stella Blue, which is currently being renovated under new partnership. Improvements include a snazzy new floor, painted by local artist Adam Strange. The new music venue will be called the Asheville Music Hall.
Rocky's Hot Chicken Shack is now open at the new 1445 Patton Ave. location, where Tomato Cocina Latino used to be located. The new location seats over 100 people and has space for live music.
The Chop Shop Butchery and Grocery was green-lighted on all permits and construction is well under way. We should have a authentic butcher shop by the end of the summer at 100 Charlotte St., next to Blue Water Seafood Company.
Tree and Vine, Asheville’s second olive oil and vinegar tasting room (the other is Olive and Kickin), is now open at 22 Lodge St.
Construction on the new Grove Arcade burger restaurant, Burgerworx, seems to be humming right along. The service counter is in and the soda fountain has been installed.