4/2/2007 - Irish Pub Coming To West Asheville
WEST ASHEVILLE Locals who enjoy the vibe of an old-school Irish Pub can soon welcome Tollivers Crossing to the neighborhood.
Western North Carolina native Chuck Brown is leaving his post at beer and wine supplier Skyland Distributing Co. to open up the pub in the former home of Ideal Market Café at 733 Haywood Road.
Im going to try to make it as traditional as possible, he said. I want it to be a neighborhood pub. Brown, 30, is teaming up with Landon Phillips of Boone for the venture, which is slated to open in mid May after renovations. The building was damaged in a kitchen fire about a year ago.
A Candler resident, Brown said West Ashevilles local feel provides the right backdrop. West Asheville has got such a unique draw, he said. Its like downtown used to be.
Tollivers Crossing will feature fish and chips, bangers and mash (sausages and mashed potatoes), and other pub specialties, along with an ample selection of Irish and British beers, plus local brews.
The restaurant will be open for lunch and dinner, and seat about 80 people inside and 30 on an outdoor deck. The pubs motto will be pouring friendship one pint at a time.
Running a pub is a longtime dream, said Brown, who has given the establishment a family name. The initial business plan was sketched out a table napkin and the financing and real estate for the project came together quickly.
When something like this falls all together, it was meant to be, he said.
Asheville Citizen Times
by Michael Flynn