Food news to go: Area restaurant news in small bites

Brixx Pizza fire:

In the early evening, Tuesday, September 28, Brixx Pizza in Biltmore Park Town Square caught fire. 45 firefighters were called in to help control the blaze and area businesses and restaurants were evacuated. The fire was controlled and extinguished fairly quickly. There is no report of damage or injury at this time.

Waterside cocktails:

The Bywater bar, situated by the French Broad River, opened September 19. A wide variety of draught is offered at $3.50 per 20-ounce glass.

Local brews served include Green Man’s E.S.B, Porter and IPA, French Broad’s Wee Heavier and Kolsch, Highland’s Gaelic, and, coming soon, the Wedge’s IPA. Standards like Sierra Nevada, Blue Moon and Magic Hat are on tap as well. Owners James Rogers and Chad Battles plan to expand their beer selection to include more local brews in the future.

A full liquor selection is offered, as well as wine.

A covered area outside holds plenty of tables with a view of the French Broad, and several grills sit close by and at the ready. Since the Bywater does not plan to offer any food, members are encouraged to bring their own to grill. There’s also a mini disc-golf setup and a horseshoe pit..

The Bywater is located at 796 Riverside Dr. and open 7 days a week from 12 p.m. until 2 a.m. A one-time $5 membership fee is required for first entry. Call 232-6967 for more information.

Westside pizza:

Ritrovo Pizzeria is now open across from the new Get Down bar at 1050 Haywood Rd. The new venture is the third restaurant opened by owner Peter Affatato, including 28806 Deli, which he departed to get Nona Mia Italian off the ground.

Affatato and the Ritrovo team turn out wood-fired pizzas — including the very delicious Angelina with ricotta, pistachio, pickled red onion and Parmigiano Reggiano — as well as salads and gelato.

Worth noting? A small yet solid and mightily affordable wine list.

For more information, call 505-8315.

Down and dirty:

The newly opened Southern Kitchen and Bar has outfitted their back room, an event space and casual lounge that they’re calling the Dirty South, with a juke box, an Elvis pinball table and a bar-sized $1 billiards table with a bundle of new pool cues. According to owner Joel Hartzler, a foosball table is on the way.

The Dirty South has eight beers on tap, including Bell’s Two Hearted Ale, and a handfull of local brews. A full selection of liquor and a wine list is also available. Food from the Southern’s menu is also available in the back room as long as the kitchen is open, although the serving style is bar-service only.

For now, the Dirty South Lounge is open Wednesday through Saturday nights, from 8 p.m. until late. The Southern is located on the corner of Walnut and Lexington in downtown Asheville.

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