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Jan 23, 2008 04:50 AM

Asheville updates

The PF Chang's chain is slated to open a branch in S. Asheville near the Biltmore Park development.
12 Bones reopened after the owners and staff took a 1 month vacation
28806 is only open Thurs-Saturday nites for dinner ( I think they are still doing lunches during the week) as they work on opening their new restaurant downtown (near Rosetta's) in late Spring/early Summer.
Pomodoro's S. Asheville location is now open
Blue Mountain Pizza in Weaverville is having special Monday nite dinners (by reservation only) about 1x/month - these are gourmet type meals w/ a fixed price.

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  1. Vigne has a new menu, more interesting options, more economical (especially the wines)
    New italian place to open on wall street soon

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    1. re: WNCfoodie

      That's good news on Vigne. What more do you know about the Italian place and where on Wall St? There is one location that has tried being a sushi bar and some other type of restaurant since I've been here but they never, ever make it.

      1. re: leahinsc

        that is the location i speak of. I *think* it is an italian place, I heard it was being opened by the former sous chef from savoy and rezaz.. vague, but thats all I know.

    2. 12 bones: still no weekend hours? when we were driving through the parking lot a few saturday's ago, another car was doing the same thing. I think there's some business being left on the table!

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      1. re: danna

        I guess they feel they just don't need it. Lunches during week are incredibly poplular and busy and people come prepared to stand and wait. I did see that they bought another building in S. Asheville off Sweeten Creek and are going to have a 2nd location there.

        1. re: leahinsc

          Hate to see 28806 leaving the west side since there aren't that many stand-outs on that side of town, although I had Shrimp & Grits at the Admiral last week that was great. I heard the Asheville Yacht Club has decent food, the chef used to own Viva Europa on Montford Ave. They had great sandwiches. The Thirsty Monk has opened but no grub yet.

          1. re: sluggrock

            I really liked the Viva Europa sandwiches...I think it was a mufaletta that was esp. delicious so I may have to check out Asheville Yacht club. Has anyone been to Sugo's or Chorizo lately? Just wondering how these 2 downtown places are making it over the slow winter months.

            1. re: leahinsc

              I visit sugo often. I think it is one of the better choices downtown, and every time I go, it seems that i enjoy it more.

              1. re: leahinsc

                disappointed at yacht club :(
                heard the rocket club is starting saturday brunches this weekend.

        2. Thanks for the updates, Leah. As most of you probably already know, PF Chang is a national chain serving mediocre versions of Chinese-American staples, so I could care less about that. However, I am very excited to read that 28806 may be moving downtown, not because I relish having to hunt for a parking space to eat there but because I have feared that one of my favorite Asheville restaurants might be forced out of business by its hard-to-find current location.

          Hey, Sluggrock: According to Tony Kiss's beer column in yesterday's Asheville Citizen-Times, The Thirsty Monk, an all-Belgian beer pub, has begun serving a limited menu of munchies. Let us know if you go there.

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          1. re: Jeff C.

            Is 28806 moving, or are the owners opening a second restaurant downtown? I was under the impression that it was the latter.

            1. re: carolinadawg

              No, they are moving. This will be a much larger space for them, even though they won't have their own parking.

              1. re: leahinsc

                We ate at 28806 yesterday for ;lunch and I overheard the guy saying that the new location will have an upstairs room that will hold about 75-100 people for private parties, and the downstairs will be a restaurant that will be focused on fine(r) dining. I hope they keep their sandwiches for lunch. I am addicted to the southwest club. Yesterday I branched out and decided to try their tuna salad sandwich and I was really disappointed. Way too much mayo (which was annoying, because I asked before I ordered if it was heavy on the mayo and he said no), and a barely-there thin spread of the actual tuna on the sandwich itself. Usually they hook you up there on the portions, so I was bummed. Oh, but their bread is so good.

                As for the questions about Sugo and Chorizo - when i asked my husband where he wanted me to take him out for his birthday dinner next week he quickly responded with "Sugo," so I will report back. It has been awesome the times we've been, although we have not been recently for some reason. And Chorizo is great, too. We had a kick-ass lunch there a few weeks ago. I like it better than Salsas.

                And while I know it is a chain, I have to admit that I love PF Changs! It's overpriced, I know, but I just really like it. I can't believe they are opening up a location here. I would not think we'd have the population to warrant an opening. Maybe they have changed their criteria.

                1. re: miss piggy

                  As a PS to 28806 queries/info--one of the original owners, Peter Affatto, has opened his own place, Nona Mia's, on Patton Ave. It is a hole in the wall next to BlockBuster but the food is outstanding. It is described as serving Italian soul food and all selections are "hand crafted" a la 28806. Definitely family-friendly and worth a visit. $.

                  1. re: wbellnc

                    I stopped in the Yacht Club last night to meet some folks for drinks and we ended up snacking on some apps. They have "a pitcher of tots" - tater tots served in a beer pitcher. Our group ordered the chili cheese tots (not in a pitcher). Not bad bar munchies. I also tried the wings (they have a few interesting flavors), again not bad bar munchies. The menu definitely looked worth sampling and I saw the old owner of Viva come out of the kitchen so I'm hoping the food is as good as his old sandwiches. The bartender was great - attentive, quick, talkative - but not a bad talkative. We walked across the street to eat at Sugo and much to my dismay, it was closed for a wine dinner. However, on a good note, the wine dinner was PACKED. I hope they do well there during the thin times because they put out some tremendous food. Completely forgot about the Thirsty Monk and trekked down to the Lobster Trap.

                    1. re: wbellnc

                      I would say that Nona Mia is relatively inexpensive and family friendly but I definitely wouldn't put it into the "outstanding" food category. It is ok but certainly not not drop your fork and lick your plate.

                      1. re: leahinsc

                        The Sicilian pizza I had there certainly was drop your fork and lick your plate good. :) The hours are strange but definitely worth a trip. Closed Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday.

                    2. re: miss piggy

                      Both Sugo and Chorizo are doing fine. The other night while at Sudo we saw several of the other restr. owner's dining out there. My wife had the lamb shank and I had the mixed grill, both were great. Chorizo at lunch is just a great deal. Lot's of new places coming for the summer months, changs RC steaks and more.

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                1. Just went to the thirsty monk last night, and may I say, what a nice place. From the moment you enter the heavy wooden door, it feels like you are in the friendly basement of a monastery. Fantastic beer selection, some as low as 4 dollars, the boy (true Belgian lover) almost had a stroke with the selection-huge amounts on tap and so, so many bottles. Great, friendly and helpful staff can help guide your choice. They also have flights (good deal from what I saw) available and they bring out your pours on a chalkboard and write the name of each beer on it. Also, they serve all the beers in the appropriate glassware, which is a real treat to see. I am not that big of a beer fan, but still had a great experience with a fruit lambic. As of yesterday, the only food they had was a cheese plate and a chocolate plate. We didn't get either, but the menu says both Belgian waffles and crepes are coming soon. It will no doubt become one of the places we frequent.

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                    1. re: Spreadhead

                      Not very. We were there from around 6-7:30. About 3 tables full and about 6-7 people at the bar at busiest point. It was, according to the bar tender, the second day open.

                      N.B. They are closed on Tuesdays.