Scarlet Bee to move, new vineyard tours, table update



ASHEVILLE – While brewery tours abound, there haven’t been many wine tours in Asheville. Now two local women have decided to change that.

New wine tours for WNC

Kelly Denson of All American Food Fights and Kasey Hotchkiss of Asheville Detours launched Blue Ridge Wine Tours, which explores the growing world of wine in western North Carolina.

Tour groups will meet local winemakers, explore vineyards with mountain views, and of course, drink local wines.

Hendersonville’s main tourism department said its wine region, known as the Crest of the Blue Ridge, was named the American Wine Zone in 2019, joining fewer than 300 similarly dedicated zones federally to states. -United.

Saint Paul Mountain Vineyards was the first to open in the county in 2012, according to the tourism department.

Van tours depart from downtown Asheville and then travel to three different Hendersonville wineries. Tours include wine tastings and explorations of fields and facilities, all led by a guide who knows what sets this particular wine region apart.

Blue Ridge Wine Tours starts at $ 165 per person. Tours start May 1, 2021

Buy tickets at, call 828-330-9822 or email [email protected]

Madness Sushi, Burger officially opened

Madness Sushi, Burger and Bar just welcomed its opening on April 8 and has already planned an expansion.

Aaron Cheng, who is behind Asheville’s two stores, Yum Sushi and Poke, is also the restaurateur behind The Madness, now open at 275 Smokey Park Highway.

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As the name suggests, The Madness combines a sushi, burger and full bar restaurant under one roof. You can opt for low-key dishes like ceviche or snapper carpaccio, or you can try entrees like The Madness, which piles a spicy crab salad on top of an Angus beef burger.

Now, city permits indicate that Cheng plans to take over several units at 1020 Merrimon Ave., the former location of Early Girl North.

The scarlet bee moves

A local restaurant moved at the end of April after negotiations to renew the lease failed.

The owners of The Scarlet Bee restaurant in North Asheville, Matt and Kristin Sawaya, knew their lease was ending this year. Then they found out that other restaurateurs were negotiating for their space.

Helen Kaltsunis, owner of the Merrimon Avenue building where Scarlet Bee has been serving Mediterranean food since 2018, said in early April that she had not yet signed a lease with a new tenant, but needed to be able to afford the treatments of her sick husband.

Scarlet Bee owners are determined to reopen elsewhere and say they’re leaning towards a food truck. “Financially, we think this will be our best option at the moment,” the couple said in an email. “Our brick and mortar location will be missed, but we won’t let this experience be our downfall. ”

They have since launched a GoFundMe to support their business.

“Fortunately, the neighborhood and the community have really supported us with donations, new space ideas and ordering as much as they can to help us,” they said. “We really felt the love and support from all of you.”

Scarlet Bee remains open until the end of April at 853 Merrimon Ave.

The table is about to open

The Table restaurant, closed since March 15 of last year, is set to reopen in the next few weeks in a new space with a comfortable footprint at 18 N. Lexington Ave., the former home of Calypso.

The restaurant will also have a changed name: Table Right Here. It will also have an adjoining bar: Right There Bar, serving simple dishes and a whiskey-based cocktail menu.

Jacob Sessoms, owner of Table, poses at Table's new location on N Lexington Ave on April 14.

This new version of Table will always serve modern American cuisine, although the pasta dishes and other ingredients will have a Mediterranean touch.

Table Right Here is slated to open in the coming weeks, although it has been delayed a bit due to staffing issues similar to those experienced by other restaurants in town and beyond.

At the newly redesigned table, there will be room for up to 35 people in the dining room, which longtime Asheville residents will remember as the BoBo dance floor. Plus can line up with a window-side dining rail. A 500 square foot terraced patio in the lane will hold up to 30 and accommodate late night bargoers.

Keep an eye on Instagram for more.


Mackensy Lunsford has lived in Asheville for over 20 years and has been an editor for the Asheville Citizen Times since 2012. Lunsford is a former professional cook and former restaurant owner.

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