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What is your favorite part of being a restaurant owner in Asheville?
Of course, it’s AIR. The way that this organization builds relationships and support for not only the owners, but also for their managers and staff. It’s an organization filled with like-minded business owners and folks that really want to make a difference in the hospitality industry.
What is the background of your restaurant’s name?
We inherited the Creekside Taphouse name. To the best of our knowledge, its namesake is from the restaurant’s location next to the Haw Creek that runs through the Haw Creek Community. We have no plans to change the name. We are planning on adding a lot of emphasis on the second part of the name “a Neighborhood joint”.
What ingredient could you not live without?
Olive Oil – Hands down.
What is your favorite dish on your menu?
Kim’s is definitely the Hickory Nut Gap Burger. That was the first thing we did when we took over the restaurant on Sept. 1, 2018. We foraged a relationship with Jamie Ager and all the folks at HNG Farm to guarantee we get quality/local products in our restaurant. A 100% grass fed burger is the BEST burger! Anthony’s favorite is the Italian Sweet Sausage Roll – HNG sausage, ricotta cheese, sautéed peppers & onions with marinara on a City Bakery Roll. Yum!
What is your favorite dish from a fellow AIR restaurant’s menu?
Too many to pick just one! We love dining out and mostly will order what ever the chef’s special of the day and we are never disappointed. There is so much creativity and talent in this town.
Why did you choose Asheville to open your restaurant?
Asheville choose us! We were both drawn to the city back before the food scene here really popped. We both have always wanted to own our own restaurant and have both put 30-plus years of experience in the industry to prepare us. We have loved to visit local “neighborhood joints” and had hoped that we too would own that style of restaurant one day. Finally, the stars all aligned after we forged a relationship with the former owners of Creekside and we now own and operate this amazing piece of our neighborhood.
What is your favorite chef’s tool and why?
Anthony’s is an 8″ chef’s knife. It’s a multi use tool and a must have in any kitchen. It does help that Anthony has quite the obsession for all knives. Kim’s favorite chef’s tool would be the Chef himself. From my mom to all the restaurants I have worked, I have always been surrounded by very talented cooks, so to me the most important thing in any of my kitchens would have to be the Chef themselves.