Haywood Park Continues to Add Exciting Dining Options in the Heart of Downtown Asheville, NC

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Asheville Offers Historic Dining Locations and Introduces New Culinary Selections for Local Food Connoisseurs

I’m pleased to open this new venture to better serve the downtown community and the Haywood Park Hotel guests - Tony Fraga

With the arrival of the spring season in the Blue Ridge Mountains comes exciting new additions to Asheville’s flourishing food scene. The Haywood Park Plaza, home to downtown Asheville's Haywood Park Hotel, and one of the most highly trafficked culinary corners in the downtown area, is expanding its offerings with the recent opening of the Haywood Park Café and the soon-to-open Isa’s Bistro.

Haywood Park Café Opens in the Haywood Park Atrium

Located inside the Haywood Park Atrium at 46 Haywood Street, the Haywood Park Café is open seven days a week from 7 am to 4 pm, and specializes in fast, friendly service for those on the go. An array of fresh baked goods from West Asheville’s popular West End Bakery are ready-to-order, including bagels, muffins, cinnamon rolls, and scones. For a savory selection of lunchtime delights, Asheville’s own Panini Factory crafts an extensive selection of soups, salads, and paninis for the Haywood Park Café patrons. Another Asheville purveyor, Roots Organic Gourmet provides a tasty selection of fine hummus to accompany your lunch or to enjoy on its own as an afternoon snack. Along with being an authorized purveyor of Starbucks® coffee, The Haywood Park Café offers complimentary Wi-Fi, with ample café-style seating available inside the spacious Atrium. A full breakfast and lunch menu is available on the café’s website.

“I’m pleased to open this new venture to better serve the downtown community and the Haywood Park Hotel guests,” shares Haywood Park Café owner, Tony Fraga. “Our emphasis is on quality, service, and an incomparable ambiance.”

Isa's Bistro to Open in May

In mid-May, Fraga and his wife will open Isa’s Bistro on the corner of Battery Park Avenue and Haywood Street. The restaurant is named after Fraga’s wife, Isabel, and proudly welcomes Duane Fernandes, the seasoned former Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa Chef de Cuisine of the four-star Horizons restaurant. In a recent Asheville Citizen-Times article, Fernandes says he plans to serve a wide variety of seasonally-changing menu items, possibly influenced by his respect for the food culture of the Mediterranean coast—Italy, Spain, and France.

The 11,000 square-foot renovations for Isa’s Bistro dining area have been ongoing since December of 2012. Additionally, the lower level, The Cellar, will act as an event space for up to 120 people, with a wine cellar motif. General Manager Jason Cancilla, also formerly of the Grove Park Inn, explained the concept behind The Cellar to the Citizen-Times:

“A lot of wineries in Europe and California are developing portions of their wine cellars as event space, where you sit among the barrels and have a dinner party, and that’s the route we’re going.”

Isa’s Bistro will serve lunch and dinner seven days a week, in addition to a Sunday brunch. More details will be forthcoming on the Isa’s Bistro Facebook page.

New Restaurants Join Asheville Mainstay the Bier Garden in the Haywood Park Plaza

Downtown Asheville’s famed Bier Garden has been offering a truly extensive arrangement of local, regional, and international brews since 1994, and continues to gather crowds with their twenty high-definition televisions, including a massive 15-foot big screen. Making for an opportune lunch destination in the midst of the city’s boutique shops, art galleries, and bookstores, the Bier Garden offers weekly drink specials, energetic DJs on Friday and Saturday nights, as well as free meals for children with every adult meal purchased. Their American-fusion fare, created by award-winning chef Joel Meadows, pairs fittingly with the thoughtful beer and wine selection.
“We pride ourselves on our extensive selection of beers from around the world. With a selection of over 200 beers, including some local microbrewery favorites, we are sure to have a beer for every beer lover. We also have a full bar and a large selection of fine wines,” says Meadows. 

About Haywood Park Hotel and Atrium Plaza

From its earliest days in the 1920s through the ‘70s as a high-end department store, this foundational downtown Asheville location opened its doors as a hotel in 1985 and has remained central to Asheville’s social and cultural scene. The boutique Haywood Park Hotel places patrons in the heart of the Asheville experience of shopping, entertainment, local art, music, and food. For more information about the Haywood Park Café and the Bier Garden, please visit http://www.haywoodparkcafe.com and http://www.ashevillebiergarden.com.

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Jenny Herman
FIRC Haywood Park
828-252-0218 x 247
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