Prime aged beef and wild salmon are fine and dandy, but wings and suds they ain’t. “It wasn’t that the restaurant here wasn’t doing well, we just knew beer and chicken wings sold,” Mack Kells executive chef Nick Sanford says of the recent decision to transform Battery Park Bistro into another Mack Kells. The original location on Tunnel Road has been frying up its popular wings since 1981. “We’ll have the same menu and all that,” Sanford says. And the growth spurt isn’t over yet: The restaurant will soon be opening an outlet in the decidedly nonalcoholic Asheville Mall food court. “We’re actually talking about getting O’Douls in down there,” Sanford confides. Mack Kells, at 22 Battery Park Ave., is open Sunday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-midnight and Fri.-Sat., 11 a.m.-2 a.m. For more, call 253-2158.
If Thomas Butner had been more concerned with cookies than cobbling, the Winkler Bakery in Winston-Salem might be celebrating its 208th anniversary this year. But since Brother Butner, chosen by Moravian Church elders to build a bakehouse, spent his time making shoes instead of bread, the community didn’t have a working bakery until Christian Winkler arrived in 1807. Under the auspices of the Old Salem Museum & Gardens, the bakery is still working today, making it one of the oldest operational bakeries in America. The museum is celebrating its longevity on Nov. 3 with a day of programming devoted to the bakery’s history and recipes. Visit www.oldsalem.org for more information.
Sunny Point Cafe in West Asheville is one of the many local restaurants that marks the arrival of a new season with a new menu. Sunny Point’s fall offerings, introduced earlier this month, include a Moroccan chili-glazed tuna steak served with roasted sweet potatoes, shut-up puppies (sounds like someone’s got a touch of S.A.D.) and apple-mustard butter; beef tenderloin stuffed with gorgonzola, spinach and mushrooms; and chicken-fried tofu with all-veggie gravy. Call 252-0055 for more information.