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Scratch (Downtown Asheville's 28806) to open next weekend

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From today's Mountain Xpress small bites:

Scratch: Nearly everything at Scratch, the latest venture from chef Eric Backer, will be made from, well, scratch - with one notable exception. The restaurant will open with an existing reputation for serving terrifically good, fresh food, a reputation established by Backer’s 28806. The popular West Asheville restaurant has closed in preparation for Scratch opening its doors later this month in the Meadows Building, adjacent to Rosetta’s Kitchen.

“What you know as a great sandwich will still be the same,” Backer says reassuringly. But, he adds, the ingredients should be even better. Scratch will continue 28806’s tradition of making bread in-house, as well as roasting its own meats and making some of its own cheeses. Reubens will be dressed with homemade sauerkraut.

“Everything’s going to be from scratch, within reason,” Backer says. “The attitude and environment are all centered around creativity.”

Backer is putting the restaurant’s kitchen in the basement of the three-story building, its dining room on the main floor and an event space upstairs. He’s retiring the counter-service model used at 28806, so all meals will be served sit-down style.

In addition to lunch, Scratch will offer Sunday brunch, small-plate dinners and a late-night menu after 10 p.m. “It’s doggone good food,” Backer says.

Scratch will be open Monday to Saturday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. midnight, and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. It’s slated to open next weekend.

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