Food news to go: area restaurant news in small bites.

Neo Burrito expands:

Neo Burrito — a fresh, quick Mexican restaurant first opened in West Asheville in January of 2009 — is opening another location at 2 Town Square Blvd. in Biltmore Park Town Square. The new eatery is set to open in the spring of 2011, and will focus on sustainability and a menu centered around healthy options.

As good as that all is, Neo Burrito is also home to the 10-cent beer special on Friday nights, as well as the $1 breakfast burrito. Check the website for further details.

As reported in August by Xpress writer and Disclaimer founder Michele Scheve, Biltmore Park Town Square’s pedestrian-friendly and multi-use design displays a certain environmental consciousness.

“The high-density, mixed-use design and stacked parking accommodate as much development on 42 acres as would typically consume 100 or more, while generating less traffic and fewer air emissions,” writes Scheve.

Neo Burrito’s press release says that the development will “be a welcome complement to Neo Burrito’s mission and menu, which will feature local, handcrafted beers, breakfast, lunch and dinner items and seasonal specials made with locally derived items.”

Quick nibbles:
•    A new restaurant called the Junction will be opening up in the River Arts District at 342 Depot St. early next year. Here’s a video — shot by local artist, photographer and clothing maker Pattiy Torno — of one of the Junction’s owners talking about his concept.

Video courtesy of Pattiy Torno

•    The Hop Ice Cream Company is opening a West Asheville location. The new ice cream joint will occupy the former Two Spoons Ice Cream location at 721 Haywood Road. The former owner of Two Spoons is busy focusing on family — she’s currently seven months pregnant. A grand opening celebration will be held on Friday, Oct. 15, from 1 until 11 p.m. Festivities will include live music and free kiddie scoops of ice cream for all in attendance. Visit the Hop’s blog or website for more information.

•    Posana Café in downtown Asheville has extended some mighty fine drink specials “indefinitely.” Wednesdays, Posana serves up $6 martinis. Check out the cafe’s artisan martini list here. On Tuesdays, bottles of wine are half price, and on weekends, get a Bloody Mary or mimosa for $5.50.

•    If you get a craving for a pumpkin latte, we recommend that you head over to Waking Life Espresso at 976 Haywood Road in West Asheville. There, you can try Jared Rutledge’s Zombie Pumpkin Latte, made with canned pumpkin pulp, fresh-ground whole spices, raw sugar and Hawaiian sea salt. Rutledge reports that he runs through about a gallon of the pumpkin flavoring a week. Why the “Zombie?” Because it’s made with the brains of the pumpkin, says Rutledge.

•    On Wednesday, Oct.13, from 4:30 until 6 p.m., the Sunny Point Cafe in West Asheville will host a calendar release party. Twenty percent of all calendar sales at the party will be donated to Planned Parenthood of Asheville.


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