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Asheville Year in Review 2014 – Hospitality

2014 was a bustling year for hospitality and tourism in Asheville.  Although Asheville lost a few restaurants, the food and beverage industry experienced unprecedented growth.  In addition to the expansion of a number of existing Asheville staples, including Nine Mile, French Broad Chocolate Lounge, Asheville Sandwich Company, White Duck Taco Shop, and Biscuithead, dozens of new restaurants, gastropubs, lounges, and nightclubs opened their doors in 2014.

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Tourists and locals alike looking for something new to eat or drink have plenty to choose from, with the opening of Addissae, Asheville’s only Ethiopian restaurant, King Daddy’s Chicken & Waffles, Gan Shan Station, King James Public House, and Chiesa, to name a few.

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2014 brought Asheville two new doughnut shops, Vortex Doughnuts and Hole, a new coffee shop, Odd’s Cafe, and a new enterprise by renowned chef Katie Button, Nightbell, which opened with an emphasis on craft cocktails, bar snacks, and desserts, but recently expanded its menu to include entrees.

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Asheville’s nightlife options also increased with the addition of Soverign Remedies, The Funkatorium, Wicked Weed Brewing’s sour tap room, and Room Nine Night Club, among others.

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By the end of November 2014, hotel sales were up 12.9% over the preceding year (link).  As tourism in our mountain town continues to grow, we can expect the food and beverage industry to continue to grow, as well.  Dungan, Kilbourne & Stahl, P.A.’s attorneys regularly assist our hospitality clients with the unique challenges they face.  To speak with one of our hospitality attorneys, please contact us.

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