A 1920s-era developing on Biltmore Avenue in Asheville, N.C. has housed a assortment of restaurants more than the years, but the most current entry into Asheville’s “foodtopia” scene provides nod to the 20s really feel. Chestnut, which opened in September 2012, characteristics a fashionable frequently-changing menu amid comfortable seating, tin ceiling, and art nouveau ironwork crafted by a neighborhood artisan.
“We do American meals,” stated co-owner Kevin Westmoreland, “but there are hints of Asian, Southern and French. Essentially Joe’s background is heavily based in French cuisine. We’re also paying focus to the mixology side of the bar utilizing fresh squeezed ingredients, and we have 14 beers on tap. Most are local.”
Co-owned by square standard ottoman chef Joe Scully and Kevin Westmoreland, this is the second restaurant this duo has made. They first opened the Corner Kitchen in Biltmore Village in 2004. It is as well known with locals as with vacationers who cease in for a bite to eat right after exploring George Vanderbilt’s Biltmore Estate, and even won presidential consideration. Barack and Michelle Obama chose the Corner Kitchen for a Everly Quinn dining spot with close friends when they vacationed in Asheville in April 2010.
Westmoreland says they weren’t convinced about the location on Biltmore Avenue until they went downstairs. There, in a 3,000 square-foot space as soon as applied by Oscar Wong’s Highland Brewing Organization, they recognized the possible for a catering kitchen. Catering was anything they had offered because the start off, but they could only accommodate modest groups of 50 to 75 persons. Now, with this enhanced space they can please crowds of hundreds.
Chestnut joins numerous new enterprises on Biltmore Avenue, including Wicked Weed Brewing and the Aloft Hotel, which attributes a public parking deck below the building—free for the first square standard ottoman hour and only a buck for the subsequent hour.
“Opening Chestnut was the correct time for this end of Biltmore Avenue,” stated Westmoreland. “We knew if we didn’t do it now, we’d regret it.”