Doughnuts, craft beer, barbecue and now a quiet spot to enjoy a drink: 32 Banks Ave. is coming to life this summer. The building that used to hold Standard Paper Co. and later an underground skatepark is now home to Vortex Doughnuts, Catawba Brewing and (the quasi-open) Buxton Hall Barbecue. On Monday, July 13, membership bar Public School will become the fourth business to open in the remodeled space.
Public School owners Mike Piroli, Benjy Greene and Scott Thomas say the bar is intended to be a calm spot for locals and service industry professionals, and they intend to foster a definite blue-collar feel. “We want it to be place where you can come after work, and just chill out and have a drink,” Piroli says.
Piroli adds that the bar will feature an outdoor patio and eights taps currently running PBR, Guinness, Pisgah Pale Ale, Lagunitas IPA, Asheville Brewing Co.’s Ninja Porter, Hi-Wire Brewing Co.’s Brown Ale, Bells’ Oberon and Sierra Nevada’s Nooner pilsner. The draft options will rotate, Piroli says, and the bar will also offer bottled and canned beers from local breweries, including South Slope businesses. “We want to support our neighbors and the brewers in the neighborhood,” he adds.
Public School will be open Monday through Friday from 2 p.m. to 2 a.m. and Saturday and Sunday from noon to 2 a.m. Specials for the first day include $2 20-ounce PBR drafts and $5 Jameson shots. The facility does not have a kitchen, but Piroli says food trucks will be nearby.