The economic downturn was the excuse given for many a restaurant closing in 2009-2010 but the truth is that they had dug their own graves long before the economy tanked ...whether it was poor customer service, poor food, high prices, or bad management or a combination of all....the economy was just the straw the broke the camel's back.
Gone (feel free to add to this) - Stovetrotters in Biltmore Village, South Side in S. Asheville,
The good news is that many restaurants continue to thrive and even expand like Tupelo Honey & 12 bones w/ S. Asheville locations. What's the key? IMO Adaptability, a good product and good customer service.
Savoy has become Vinnie's a casual,noisy, family Italian eatery and has been jam packed the 2x I have been there.
Though the Admiral (W.Asheville) looks like a dive bar from the outside it is also jam packed on any given night.
Some of my new fav's
Posana - can't believe I waited so long to try this place. Food is stellar as is service and you can't beat the location - right on Pack Square so awesome for people watching. The owner, Peter, walks around and (gasp) TALKS to his customers! Also you'll never believe it but it is gluten-free so if you need it or have someone who does - this is the place to go....
Sazerac - a hip bar/restaurant with the "in place to be" - a roof top bar. Love the food with lots of little plate options and sanwiches...killer drinks.
Tupelo Honey Cafe
12 College St, Asheville, NC 28801
4 Sweeten Creek Road, Asheville, NC 28803
1 Biltmore Ave, Asheville, NC 28801