Interesting Site Selection Decisions for New Asheville Restaurants
In the past twenty years, Asheville NC has become a mecca of sorts for eclectic culinary creations and fascinating restaurants and bars. In this way, the nickname Paris of the South suits Asheville well. However another comparison to Paris could be made in that as Asheville grows, both in commerce and populace, new restaurants on the scene have to find ways to make themselves known, both by their food, but also by their unique locations.
What does site selection mean?
Everyone’s heard that real estate is all about location, location, location. Site selection is the process of choosing a commercial site that will fit your business’s labor force, as well as their demographic of consumers. Businesses in Asheville can hire site selection firms to find a location, or utilize the Asheville Chamber of Commerce’s Economic Development Coalition’s Real Estate Connections page to find great locations. Here are a few restaurants in South Slope and West Asheville, two of the town’s up and coming neighborhoods, that have made fresh and exciting site selections.
Isis Music Hall and Restaurant- West Asheville Site Selection
In the 1930’s it was the Isis movie theatre, and since has hosted multiple restaurants up until the hybrid music space and locally driven restaurant opened in late 2012. The Woody family all have a stake in running Isis, as they’ve owned the building since ’98. When the previous tenant closed down in 2011, Bluegrass fan Scott Woody thought it was the perfect time to open up a combined space. The building now features a downstairs dining area, bar and the music hall, while upstairs is another bar. The family brought on Executive Chef Mike Mahoney, who keeps the menu updated with local produce and new dishes every six weeks. Artists, both regionally and nationally acclaimed, play at Isis, and their lineup is often fresher than the Orange Peel or Grey Eagle.
Ben’s Tune Up – South Slope Site Selection
Located on Hilliard Ave, Ben’s Tune Up opened last year in a mechanic’s garage that was almost completely renovated by by owners and carpenters Meg Alt and Molly Clark. It contains over 5,000 square feet indoor and out, which includes a dining room and two different bars, one of which is in a remade shipping container. In between their different rooms is an open atrium with a fire pit and various bar games, like giant Jenga and darts. Ben’s Tune Up’s other part owner and former head chef of The Admiral, Elliot Moss, serves a mélange of Japanese and American cuisine. The spacious dining areas allow for giant Pu-Pu platters, teeming with crab legs, tiny sterno grills and out-of-this world spring rolls, to be carried out and served. Ben’s Tune Up also hosts private parties- you can see me there for my next birthday.
Site Selection for King Daddy’s Chicken and Waffles- Coming Winter 2014
Soon to be a West Asheville classic, the owners of Early Girl Eatery, Austin Walker, Sam Walker and Russ Towers, will be opening King Daddy’s Chicken and Waffles in a space just as distinct as the southern staple the restaurant is named after. Located at 444 Haywood Road, quite close to the 240 entrance, the renovated 1920s building will include a patio, late night drive through, and full bar. Currently the building is owned by the Walkers and Towers, and is host to the Second Gear shop in West Asheville.