► The Asheville Foundry Hotel, part of Hilton’s upper-upscale Curio Collection, has opened on "The Block," Asheville’s historical business district for the African-American community. Portions of the five-buiding complex were once home to the foundry that forged the steel for Biltmore and many of Asheville’s iconic buildings.
► Five-time James Beard finalist Chef John Fleer has opened Benne on Eagle in The Foundry Hotel, paying homage to the historic neighborhood and often overlooked contributions of African-American cooks to Appalachian and Southern cuisine.
► Asheville’s famed Art Deco skyline has a new icon and a four-star luxury property with Hotel Arras. The 128-room hotel offers an extensive food focus with two restaurants by local chef Peter Pollay.
► Bargello is a Mediterranean-inspired restaurant with handmade pastas, oven-fired pizzas and large-format meats (roasted rack of lamb and heritage pork shoulder) meant to be shared.
► The second space, District 42, is a more casual spot for small bites and handcrafted cocktails.
Benne on Eagle photo by Johnny Autry