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New bar opens this winter

Ready for a new, unpretentious watering hole with plenty of space to roam? Prepare for The Tiger Mountain Thirst Parlour, opening at 103 Broadway in February.

The new venture, to be opened by Sean Bickford (one of this year’s favorite bartenders as voted by Xpress readers in the Best of WNC poll) and Jamie Hepler (of local band Soft Opening and former bartender at the now-defunct New French Bar), will encompass 3,600 feet in two stories. One floor will be outfitted with a stage.

“It’s going to be a simple thing, really,” says Bickford. “It will evolve as we’re actually in the spot working on it.” Renovations, he says, have yet to begin. “Basically, we just want a bar without any scene — just a place unfettered with any sort of concept.”

There will be good drinks, says Bickford, and they’ll be cheap. Expect unusual boutique bourbons, for example. “There will be good liquors that also happen to be really cheap. We’ll be doing a lot of our mixers, grenadine, and we might even make our own tonic water — but there’s not going to be a single drink in there that has more than two or three ingredients.”

“It will be simple and weird with good music,” says Bickford. Weird how? “In a lot of our design elements, we ask ourselves, ‘Would David Lynch like this bar?’”

Creperie does good for the holidays

The Twisted Crepe is opening its doors to the homeless of Asheville for Thanksgiving Day to provide a Thanksgiving lunch from 11 a.m. until to 1 p.m.

The restaurant will offer a special Thanksgiving-themed crepe, a few traditional sides, plus cookies for dessert. The creperie will also offer gift bags, and are looking for help from the community.

Items needed for the gift bags include:
50 toothbrushes
50 tubes of toothpaste
50 bars of soap
50 bottles shampoos and conditioner
50 bottles of water

Any help donating items for the bags, money for the lunch or volunteering time on Thanksgiving is appreciated. To get involved, email

Green Sage opens second location in south Asheville

The Green Sage Coffeehouse and Café recently opened at 1800 Hendersonville Road, in the Dingle Creek Crossing shopping center. This is the second location for the eatery since it opened in the downtown building that once housed Bean Streets Coffee Shop and, subsequently, an ill-fated Asian restaurant.

The menu at Green Sage south mirrors the downtown location — expect smoothies, granola, pancakes, omelets, soups, salads and sandwiches, with plenty of vegan and vegetarian options and local ingredients.

Though the original Green Sage is decidedly “green” in an environmental sense, the south location takes it a step further. The 2,700-square-foot building boasts thermal solar panels on the roof, which will heat about 80 percent of the hot water the restaurant uses. LED lighting and a custom-integrated heating system have been installed. Much of the wood used in the up-fit of the building is reclaimed barn wood.

The restaurant plans to achieve a 4-star energy rating from the Green Restaurant Association, making it one of three 4-star-rated restaurants in the country.

For more information about Green Sage, visit


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