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Henderson County Business

Where is Mary's Burritos going?

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Henderson County News

Starring food and design, rooftop restaurant worth the wait

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The new Shine restaurant earns a lot of superlatives.   Read Story »

Tags: restaurants | Historic preservation | Historic Downtown Hendersonville

Henderson County Business

El Paso owner opens Mariscos seafood restaurant

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The first clue that Mariscos is unlike its sister restaurants is what’s missing. When you sit down, no basket of tortilla chips arrives, nor bowls of sauce. What’s up?   Read Story »

Tags: restaurants | Asheville Highway

Henderson County Business

Cask & Vine brings stylish pub fare (plus 40 bourbons) to Main Street

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Steve Bevins has cooked everything from fast food to high-end steaks to upscale Chinese. Until recently he ran his own kitchen, as the head chef at Carolina Bistro at Cummings Cove Golf & Country Club.   Read Story »

Tags: restaurants | downtown Hendersonville | Historic Downtown Hendersonville

Henderson County Business

French Broad: A Kitchen & Wine Bar opens next week downtown

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Just over 170 years ago, river partisans and road partisans fought over where to locate the town of Hendersonville, the seat of the newly formed Henderson County.   Read Story »

Tags: restaurants | Historic Downtown Hendersonville | The French Broad: A Kitchen & Wine Bar

Henderson County News

Mike's expands next door, adding beer, evening hours

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At Mike’s on Main, where you get a hefty side of nostalgia with your burger and fries, diners sometimes want to order a beer.   Read Story »

Tags: restaurants | downtown Hendersonville | craft beer industry

Henderson County News

At Dandelion diners come for the cause and come back for the food

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When Mainstay started the Dandelion Eatery five years ago, the founders knew they would train women who had come to the shelter to escape trauma. They knew a little bit about running a restaurant and a lot about pimento cheese and shrimp and grits. And they knew that a dandelion was a gritty little flower that grows under adverse conditions.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Don't miss this week's Hendersonville Lightning

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Edneyville Business

Soul food with Jamaican accent 
is on the menu in Edneyville

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EDNEYVILLE — Raynard Walker learned the basics of cooking by watching his mother and grandmother and asking questions. Three years ago, he started cooking out of his house, promoting his roasted, fried and smoked meats on Facebook and launching a small catering business.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Don't miss this week's Hendersonville Lightning

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You won't want to miss this week’s Hendersonville Lightning.   Read Story »

Tags: restaurants | Immaculate Conception Catholic Church | Immaculata School

Henderson County Business

Everything's smooth at Mountain Juicery

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Ashley and Walker Covington had everything a couple could want in Raleigh — good jobs as a CPA and schoolteacher, respectively, and a big city with plenty for young people to do.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Ask Matt ... about new building, Etowah Smokehouse

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Green River Business

Mama Coe's Tacos opening in Tuxedo

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TUXEDO — Colleen Raulerson had spent weeks mulling a name for her taco shop when she had an epiphany. Her boys had done it for her.   Read Story »

Tags: Green River | restaurants | Tuxedo | Zirconia

Henderson County News

Brooks Tavern is packed and getting rave reviews

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When he wasn't sweating in the kitchen to shore up the short-staffed cook staff, Mark Lowe was greeting customers and reveling in the apparent instant success of his new venture, Brooks Tavern.   Read Story »

Tags: restaurants | downtown Hendersonville | Historic Downtown Hendersonville

Henderson County News

Crepes are versatile star of new restaurant

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A new restaurant has opened in the 500 block of North Main Street specializing in crepes for breakfast, lunch and dessert.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

RESTAURANT ROUNDUP: Brooks Tavern to feature late night dining

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Henderson County Life

'Roadside Eateries' reveals where the locals chow down

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D.G. Martin traces his love of home-cooked country food to his upbringing in Charlotte, where a football teammate introduced him to “the wonders of the annual Mallard Creek Church barbecue” — the exemplar of how “good barbecue and a host of friendly people make a meal into something memorable.”   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

AlyKat opens at new location

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Ask Richard Kaltenbach about his tasty and creative AlyKat soups and he responds with a question of his own.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Etowah restaurant promises Eastern NC barbecue

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If you tried to get a permit for a wood-fired barbecue pit like the one at the old BBQ Shack in Etowah, you probably could not do it, Peter Rath said.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Lantern shines light on Charleston-style fare

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Cutline In the galley of a Coast Guard ship, Casey Maness cooked like a cook and cooked like a chef.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Business

Todd Thompson, a friendly restaurateur and antique collector, dies

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Stephen Todd Thompson, a sociable front-of-the-house host and storyteller and avid collector of classic signs and other relics of the Old South, died on Saturday of a heart attack after several weeks of poor health, family members said. He was 59.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Business

Black Forest opens downtown on Friday

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When George Ettwein opens the doors of the second Black Forest restaurant on Friday night, he will celebrate a homecoming.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Sierra Nevada's Taproom and Restaurant opens next week

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Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. will open the Taproom and Restaurant at its brewery in Mills River next week.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

New restaurant offers variety menu

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A new restaurant on Asheville Highway will serve both Mexican and Italian fare when it opens this fall.   Read Story »

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Hendersonville Business

Rooftop restaurant inches toward opening

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Bobby Rogers knows that people want to know when his Main Street restaurant will open and what kind of food it will serve.   Read Story »

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Flat Rock Business

Flat Rock gets a nighttime spot

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FLAT ROCK — Dustin and Shannon Zlacki took a leap into the restaurant business after selling their home and moving here from Pittsburgh last year.     Read Story »

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Hendersonville Business

Historic board OKs restaurant work

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The Hendersonville Historic Preservation Commission last week approved work on the new Renzo's Fine Italian Ristorante that includes a new awning and three new ground floor windows with awnings on the south wall facing Fifth Avenue East.   Read Story »

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Hendersonville Business

RESTAURANT ROUNDUP: City wades into sidewalk rules

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With the advent of sturdier barriers around outdoor dining tables, the city of Hendersonville is wading into a study of the sidewalk space and considering city code changes.     Read Story »

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Flat Rock Business

RESTAURANT ROUNDUP: Season's chef creates award-winning dishes

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Although she loves the art of cooking now, Michelle Bailey is not one of those chefs born to the range.     Read Story »

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Hendersonville Business

RESTAURANT ROUNDUP: Renzo promises authentic Italian

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Sitting at a corner table at the former Mrs. G & Me restaurant, Renzo Maietto can scarcely contain his enthusiasm for his new venture, Renzo's Ristorante.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Business

RESTAURANT ROUNDUP: We all scream ...

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While Hendersonville has plenty of ice cream and frozen yogurt offerings, the sweet treats are now available at ice cream shops in Mills River and Etowah, too.     Read Story »

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Hendersonville Business

RESTAURANT ROUNDUP: What does it take?

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In Hendersonville, you can blink your eyes and miss a restaurant closing. Not to worry. Blink again and a new dining spot pops up to replace the old.   Read Story »

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Hendersonville Business

Fatz Cafe marks a peachy birthday

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Fatz Cafe is going back to its peach roots to celebrate its 25th birthday.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Business

Bojangles planned, hotel eyed on Upward Road

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Declaring that "the economic environment for new investment is awakening," developers plan to resurrect an Upward Road-I-26 interchange project that will start with a Bojangles and could include a hotel, one other restaurant and retail shops.   Read Story »

Tags: restaurants | Upward Road widening | land-use planning

Hendersonville Business

Main Street getting Cal-Mex restaurant

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Sol y Luna, the popular California-style Mexican restaurant in Laurel Park Village, is opening a second location in the former Cypress Cellar space below Main Street downtown.   Read Story »

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Hendersonville Business

New restaurant coming to Flight space downtown

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The old Flight restaurant property will reopen later this summer serving New American cuisine in a renovated space with a new bar.   Read Story »

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Hendersonville Business

Cypress Cellar closing; burgers, subs coming to Harris-Teeter strip

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Cypress Cellar, the Southern Louisiana restaurant that has been serving jambalaya, crawfish etouffee and gumbo below Main Street for 18 years, is closing next week.   Read Story »

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Hendersonville News

Ask Matt ... about rooftop restaurant downtown

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The Lightning's intrepid researcher answers readers' questions.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Business

Local chef wins competition

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Henderson County Business

Crossroads Grille opens in Horse Shoe

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HORSE SHOE — Growing up, James Wilson learned to cook because his older brothers wanted to eat.   Read Story »

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Flat Rock Business

Dean's Deli set to reopen Monday

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FLAT ROCK — Dean's Deli is scheduled to reopen Monday after a renovation by the new owners.   Read Story »

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Flat Rock Business

Local chef picked for NC competition

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Chef Michelle Bailey and the Highland Lake Inn have been selected to compete in the annual "Got To Be NC" dining competition, Fire on the Rock.   Read Story »

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Hendersonville Business

Moose Cafe coming to Walmart shopping center

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Moose Café, a breakfast-lunch-and-supper restaurant that specializes in a traditional Southern menu of cathead biscuits, sawmill gravy, buttermilk fried chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy, collard greens and other country-style favorites, is coming to Hendersonville.   Read Story »

Tags: restaurants | retail | Highlands Square shopping center

Hendersonville Business

Mean Mr. Mustard's moving across town

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Mean Mr. Mustard's, the Beatles-themed breakfast and lunch café, has closed its doors at Fourth Avenue downtown and plans to reopen at Busy Bend in the 605 Kanuga Road space last occupied by Nib's Coffee Café.   Read Story »

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Hendersonville Business

Sushi restaurant opens in Brookdale Square

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Jennifer To and her husband, Xuan Tang, searched for four years for a place in the mountains for a second sushi restaurant.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Business

Coming attractions: Rooftop dining, El Paso III, cafes

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Rooftop dining downtown, a bar and grill run by the owners of the El Paso Mexican restaurants, a café on Chadwick Avenue and a soup and sandwich shop in Saluda are all getting ready to open.   Read Story »

Tags: Saluda | restaurants | Historic Downtown Hendersonville

Hendersonville Life

WTZQ kicks off music showcase at Moe's BBQ

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Moe's Original BBQ and WTZQ AM-1600 are launching a new singer/songwriter showcase the third Thursday of every month from 8 to 9 p.m. upstairs at Moe's in downtown Hendersonville.   Read Story »

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Hendersonville Business

Frozen yogurt shop coming to Main Street

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Frozen yogurt is coming to Hendersonville's Main Street.   Read Story »

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Hendersonville Business

Mother Butter's is '"Cheers" with meatloaf'

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Suni McMath says everyone has a memory of meals their grandmother made "and you knew she loved you.""We're trying to bring that menu back for people," she says.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Business

'Chef Showcase' on WTZQ will highlight restaurants

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Hendersonville radio station WTZQ AM-1600 is highlighting area restaurants with a new on-air segment called "Chef Showcase."     Read Story »

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Hendersonville Business

Mo' space: Smokin' hot Moe's expanding upstairs and outside

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Dave Rice and his partner, Erik Chandler, had long known that a weekend festival was likely to bring a big flock of diners into their new Main Street restaurant, Moe's Original Bar-B-Que.   Read Story »

Tags: Festivals | restaurants | Garden Jubilee | Historic Downtown Hendersonville

Henderson County News

Contest rewards local food at restaurants

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A new program from the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is encouraging chefs to dig into locally grown products this summer.   Read Story »

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Hendersonville Business

Got Q? Yes we do!

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Hendersonville's barbecue options are expanding.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Rebranded Green Room adds music, dinner

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Ben and Sue Green decided they could not wait until the work on the 500 and 600 block of North Main Street is done. They have announced the renaming — and rebranding — of the former Living Room Coffee House and Café.   Read Story »

Tags: restaurants | Historic Downtown Hendersonville | Main Street makeover projects

Hendersonville Business

A tribute to Shipman, frozen custard shop opens

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Richie Burlett's grandfather, Clif Shipman, had a dream.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Business

Creditor fight blocks restaurant plan for Neill's Flight property

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A Miami architect and builder wants to open an upscale Italian restaurant in the former Flight Wood Grill property if a sale of the property is approved in bankruptcy court.   Read Story »

Tags: restaurants | Historic Downtown Hendersonville | Sam Neill | Tom Fazio | TJF Enterprises

Hendersonville Business

New restaurant opens in old Pro's space

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A Brevard restaurant owner has opened Mike's Pizza and Pasta in the old Pro's Italian Dining location at 803 Spartanburg Highway.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Business

YEAR IN REVIEW: Restaurants bring risk and reward

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The restaurant business is never easy. Add a long recession and anemic recovery and it gets even tougher.   Read Story »

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Flat Rock Life

Just Vino event benefit disAbilities council

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FLAT ROCK — Patrons can enjoy wine, beer and treats for $20 during the Henderson County Mayors' Advocacy Council for People with disAbilities Wine Tasting Fundraiser at 7 Friday evening.   Read Story »

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Hendersonville Business

Florida restaurateur to reopen Bluewater Seafood

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A couple from South Florida plans to reopen the Bluewater Seafood restaurant on Kanuga Road.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Kelsey's reopens to positive reviews

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With a kitchen and wait staff of more than 25 lining either side of the entrance outside, the new owners of Kesley's cut the ribbon for the restaurant's grand opening and admitted dozens of invited guests for a free dinner on Tuesday night.   Read Story »

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Hendersonville Business

Roula's owners face bad check charges in two states

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Roula's Country Kitchen closed abruptly last week after its owners were charged with felony bad checks.   Read Story »

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Hendersonville Business

Bluewater Seafood closes

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Bluewater Seafood, which offered an upscale menu of seafood and wine in an old two-story house on Kanuga Road for the past decade 10 years, became the latest victim of a slow economy that has battered local restaurants.   Read Story »

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North Carolina Business

Asheville restaurants win 'Best Dish' honors

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Three Asheville restaurants won top honors in the Best Dish in North Carolina competition, which showcases restaurants using local ingredients.   Read Story »

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Hendersonville Business

Chef brings unique background to new Square Root

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You can't blame the Wilson family for thinking that opening a second Square Root was meant to be.   Read Story »

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Hendersonville Business

Mills River partners to reopen Kelsey's

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Kelsey's, a popular Spartanburg Highway restaurant that closed in the summer of 2011 after many years, will reopen later this year under new owners.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Opinion

LIGHTNING EDITORIAL: Striving to serve fickle diners

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A visitor from South Carolina drove up to the Tractor Shed on Labor Day weekend, unaware that it had gone out of business. She was shocked to learn that it had closed.   Read Story »

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Hendersonville Business

Tractor Shed closes, owner plans antique pawn shop

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The Tractor Shed, a barbecue restaurant with a country décor, a model train running around the ceiling and a devoted following among local diners and tourists, has closed.   Read Story »

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Mills River Business

New restaurant drawing crowds in Mills River

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MILLS RIVER — When Bradley Johnson and Nancy Waycaster opened Nancy Lynn's Diner and Pizzeria last Monday, they thought they had prepared. One thing they hadn't predicted was the crowds.   Read Story »

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Hendersonville Business

Square One restaurant closes

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Square One, a popular lunch and dinner spot in the revived 100 block of South Main Street south of the Historic Courthouse, has closed.   Read Story »

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Mills River Business

Mills River's DogTown closes

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MILLS RIVER — Restaurants are a doggone hard business.   Read Story »

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