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What is your favorite part of being a restaurant owner or chef in Asheville?
Everyday is different; the challenge of staying true to our principals and goals while paying attention to trends and what our guest desire.
What is the background of your restaurant’s name?
Isis was the original name of the theater that was built in 1937 There were a number of Isis Theaters built during the 30s around the country and were named such as the result of the fascination with Greek and Egyptian architecture. Isis was an ancient Egyptian goddess. We chose to keep the name of the original theater for which the building was originally built.
What ingredient could you not live without?
Music! We have live music almost every night of the week on our main stage and upstairs in the piano lounge.
What is your favorite dish on your menu?
I like the Ahi Tuna. It is a pepper-crusted and pan seared Ahi Tuna steak served with braised spinach, shallot jus and russet allumettes. Our Skirt Steak also tops the list. It’s a pineapple-soy marinated grilled artisanal Teres Major steak with caramelized curried vidalia onions, curried orange aioli. Isis Burger is also a local favorite made with Hickory Nut Gap beef, heirloom tomato, artisanal baby romaine, cracked pepper & shallot aioli on a house made roll.
What is your favorite dish from a fellow AIR restaurant’s menu?
Any tapas/small sharing plates to share; Always love experiencing “new” foods and ingredients.
Why did you choose Asheville to open your restaurant?
We choose first to renovate a 1930’s theater; transforming her to a music venue was a “no brainier” due to our love of music; serving as a restaurant was an added bonus that is ever changing, as well, as our genres of music!