Food news to go: News of the Asheville food scene in small bites.

Carol Bowers and Melissa Lausch of Carmel’s Restaurant and Bar are set to open a burger restaurant, Burger WorX, in suite 132 in the Grove Arcade. The space lies adjacent to Carmel’s and was vacated by eight-year resident Cats and Dawgs earlier this year. The duo plans to renovate the space and open in early summer.

Oso’s mojo
Chef Oso Wallman is back in town for a bit. You may remember Chef Oso as the Culinary Arts Director for LEAF Festival, or perhaps the chef that used to cook Senegalese food on occasion at Anntony’s Caribbean Café (once located where Carmel’s is now). Or you may just know him as a friendly face around town.

Oso, as many familiar with the chef know him, is about to kick up his Senegalese nights up again — but this time at Modaddy’s. The event will take place every Tuesday, starting April 5, in concurrence with Afrobeat night with the Klavenauts.

To the sounds of live Afro-Cuban music, Wallman will dish out traditional Senegalese favorites, including Oxtail soup, roasted chicken with peanut sauce, curried vegetable dishes and thieboudienne, which translates to fish on rice — the national dish of Senegal. “It’s a stuffed snapper and tilapia with garlic, parsley, peppers and onions presented with red broken jasmine rice, which kind of has the texture of cous cous,” explains Wallman.

Everything is served buffet-style, with different options available every week, says Wallman.

Tapas, all day long
Elizabeth Button, one of the owners of Cúrate, says that the Spanish tapas restaurant on Biltmore is now open Tuesday through Friday for lunch, starting at 11:30 a.m. The restaurant will stay open through dinner. Saturday and Sunday brunch service will start on Saturday, April 16, at 10:30 a.m. “This way people can stop by for a snack in the afternoon at anytime,” says Button.


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