Food news to go: quick bite edition

Asheville pub crawl: John Wetzel from Terrapin Beer Co. will be hosting a pub crawl on Thursday, April 1. The event is sponsored by Broadway specialty beer store Bruisin’ Ales, owned by Asheville beer maven Julie Atallah. The crawl kicks off at the Bier Garden at 6:30 pm, then proceeds to the Mellow Mushroom, Bruisin’ Ales, Barley’s Taproom and finally the Thirsty Monk. Each stop along the way will have a different Terrapin beer selection. Cost is $30 per person and includes a Terrapin Beer Co. T-shirt. Pre-registration and payment at Bruisin’ Ales is required to participate – cash only, please. Contact Julie at Bruisin’, Ales (66 Broadway) if you need more info: 252-8999

Sad times for the Southside: According to a recent Asheville Citizen-Times report, the Southside Café, located on Hendersonville Road for 20 years is going out of business. Owner Lance Carter attributes the closing to the recent veritable explosion of eateries on his side of town. “The pie was being split between all of us,” the article quotes him as saying.

Everything tastes better in the sun: Both Sunny Point on Haywood Road in West Asheville and Piazza in Fairview have opened revitalized patios for spring al fresco dining. Did you also know that Sazerac on Broadway in downtown Asheville has a rooftop patio?

Tomato Cocina Latina is moving to the space next to Earth Fare at the Westgate Plaza where Jae used to be. The Westgate location should be open some time within the next three to four weeks.

The owners of The Corner Kitchen, Joe Scully and Kevin Westmoreland, have teamed up with a third partner to form a new company called Gianni Panini. The new business is currently providing paninis for City Mac over on Biltmore Avenue, as well as the Dripolator on Broadway. “Our goal is to provide fresh, handmade paninis to restaurants at a wholesale price.  This is a nice alternative to the [Corner Kitchen] making the sandwiches in-house which might be cost or space prohibitive,” said Westmoreland in an email to Xpress.

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