Bonnie’s Little Corner Store, the long-time Asheville tobacco staple that used to rest on the corner of Pack Square, has opened back up at 1 Battle Square, across from the Grove Arcade. In addition, the owners, Bonnie and Hector Contreras, have opened Havana Restaurant adjoining their tobacco shop. The restaurant serves Cuban and Latin cuisine in a festive atmosphere reminiscent of the tropics. Havana is open for breakfast from 7 to 10 a.m., Tuesday through Saturday, serving such treats as crepes, heuvos rancheros and pancakes. Havana serves lunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Tuesdays through Saturdays, and features items such as Cuban sandwiches and empanadas. Dinner is served from 5 to 9:30 p.m., Thursdays through Saturdays. The Contreras also own a restaurant called Havana Express in the Asheville Mall.
Asheville’s Greenlife Grocery has augmented the store with a new community center. In a press release, co-owner John Swann said the center will “provide space for local organizations to hold meetings, workshops, book signings, wine tastings, dinners and other community events.” Swann stressed that this is only Greenlife’s latest community-minded initiative; the store buys produce and products from more than 75 local suppliers and has hosted a Buy Local Bash, an Earth Day celebration, a Winter Wellness Fair, a Children’s Health Fair and a Community Dog Wash, among other events. For more info about Greenlife, which is located at 90 Merrimon Ave., call 254-5440.
La Caterina in Asheville is preparing for their annual Autumn Feast with chef Shane Heavner. On the menu this year are such seasonal items as savoy cabbage stew, sweet-potato mezzaluna, crab timbales with parsnip, and stuffed breast of veal with a root-vegetable gratin. Each course will be paired with an appropriate wine accompaniment. The celebration takes place at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 8. The cost is $60 per person, which includes tax and gratuity. For reservations, call 254-1148.