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Dec 13, 2012 03:01 PM

Asheville Updates Winter 2012/13

Lots of updates to share...

Bourbon bar serving charcuterie plates coming to the spot that was formerly Blue Water Seafood on Charlotte Street. We talked to Josh, owner of The Chop Shop (who is opening the new place) and he said it would probably be open by March. He likened it to the bar at Husk. Love this!

Michael Moore of Blind Pig and the Admiral, Jason Caughman of Pisgah Brewing and Adam Bannasch of Zambra will open a restaurant called Seven Sows Bourbon and Larder in February 2013 in former Mamacita's Baja Kitchen. Southern, local, bourbon.

Livi’s Pantry, a 2,200-square-foot natural foods market is opening early next year in Reynolds Village in Woodfin. In the former Baja Cafe across the street there is supposedly a New Orleans-style restaurant under construction.

Mr. Frogs is closing to make room for housing and office space. Owner is looking for a new location...maybe not exactly the same concept to the soul-creole cuisine but similar.

I am excited to check out Imperial Life Bar next week with my friend. Upstairs from Table...this cocktail bar looks swanky. I will report back!

Zia Taqueria (out of Charleston) opening soon in West Asheville. I hope this one is good - I love Mexican, Tex-Mex and New Mexican cuisine and am not always thrilled with our current options in town.

Bull and Beggar next to Wedge and Buxton Hill BBQ from the guys behind the Admiral also sounds great.

And finally, I'm wanting to check out the new "bustaurant" in The Lot, Sabor. The Latin American menu looks interesting.

Lots to be excited about!

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  1. Thank you so much for these updates. I live about an hour away from Asheville and rely on these posts to be "caught up". We had a nice lunch at Table last week...I was salivating just thinking about the bar.

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    1. re: winefuhrer

      Thanks! They are fun to post.

      Imperial Ice Bar had a very unusual (and delicious) cocktail list. We sampled several and enjoyed them all. It's expensive and I think MG Road has an edge in ambiance. Still, for craft cocktails, it's a very welcome addition to Asheville. Excellent service too.

    2. Have you tried Zia Taqueria yet? A friend whose opinion I trust loves it (and he agrees Tex-Mex/New Mex options around here are not inspiring). The pics look good. Food looks great as does the space. Just looking for reliable Hound feedback.

      Here is their FB page...

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      1. re: Scirocco

        We visited right when they opened...wasn't crazy about it. :( Chips and salsa were meh, my entree was cold. Order at the counter, not a bit of ambiance. Definitely a disappointment but perhaps we should give it another try now that they've been open for a while.

        1. re: Scirocco

          very average. expensive for quality, execution and quantity. weak drinks.

          1. re: mark

            Ok, "friend's opinion who I USED to trust". LOL

            Don't care so much about the drinks (I go other places for those - although if they were good it would be a bonus), but was hoping the food was a notch above your usual Mex-type fare.