Proud to Announce the Historic S & W Building to Open as a Food and Beverage Hall in Spring 2020

Asheville’s iconic S&W Building will become a food hall focused on the best of local food and beer when it opens next spring as The S&W Market. The Ellington Realty Group project will revitalize the building, located at 56 Patton Avenue, which will become home to a roster of top local restaurants curated by culinary consultant Meherwan Irani of Chai Pani Restaurant Group.

The S&W Market will also welcome Highland Brewing Company back to downtown, where their story began 25 years ago. Asheville’s original craft brewery will anchor the two-story space and feature a first-floor bar area and a mezzanine-level bar, tasting room and event space. Highland’s founder, Oscar Wong, said, “Highland was part of the rebirth of downtown Asheville back in the 90s along with many others – to return downtown and be part of the rebirth of this iconic building is nothing short of amazing.”

Upon entering the building, guests will be greeted with a sampling of flavorful dining options from four Asheville-based food stalls hand-selected for their crave-worthy offerings and ties to the city along with Highland Brewing’s main level bar.

On the mezzanine, an expanded lineup of Highland’s small-batch, sour, and barrel-aged beer offerings will be featured. The space will have seating for guests to enjoy a pint with their food and a view of the activity below or the city outside.

“I’ve never had an interest in opening a second taproom,” said Highland’s second-generation Family-Owner and President, Leah Wong Ashburn. “But this confluence was powerful. We are engaged in revitalizing a piece of Asheville’s history and working with an incredibly talented group of Asheville entrepreneurs who all believe in authenticity, family, and having fun with this project.”

The feeling is mutual. The S&W was purchased in 2017 by brothers Douglas and Kenneth Ellington, who are the great-nephews of the building’s noted architect Douglas Ellington.

“There is a great deal of meaning for us in this particular project,” says Douglas Ellington. “We’re honored to work alongside Meherwan and the wonderful team at Highland Brewing to create a welcoming space that will enhance our downtown community and revitalize a beautiful historic building that has provided fond memories for many in Asheville.”

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the revived S&W will serve as an homage to the property’s storied past, while also honoring its place within the Asheville community’s future. The S&W Building is a celebrated staple among the city’s buzzing downtown for its’ striking Art Deco style and intricate architectural details.

Much of the time-honored space will remain unchanged, including its familiar facade of wide arched windows and terra cotta panels, accented with richly colored green and blue tiles. A revamped interior will seek to evoke the same
energy of the bustling dining destination that many enjoyed growing up in Asheville and ample sidewalk seating will adorn the building’s front.

“With the culinary mecca that Asheville has become, we feel that a food hall focused on the best of local food and beer in the center of downtown will be a huge hit with both locals and out-of-town visitors,” says Burns Aldridge, managing broker of Ellington Realty Group. “Food halls have become incredibly popular in the past few years as the consumer demand for authentic healthier yet casual food options has grown. The S&W Market will offer counter service with delicious local food, just as the building was originally intended.”

Restaurateurs signed onto the project will be announced at a later date. For more information, call Ellington Realty Group at 828-575-1500.

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The stories behind commercial real estate

On the surface, it may seem that commercial real estate is just about the numbers: how much money a person can make off an investment over a long period of time. And that is part of the story. But commercial real estate, especially in a place like Asheville, is as rich and diverse as it’s people.  It’s the small restaurant that was started by someone with no formal cooking experience and big dreams who now has a line out the door every day. It’s the art gallery that brought an old dilapidated building on an empty corner back from ruin and filled with buyers. It’s the former run-down old skating rink that’s now a popular barbecue restaurant written up all around the world. And it’s the former auto shop that two women with a food truck knew would make an amazing spot for a beer garden.

Every time we work with someone, we get to know and be a part of their story and that is, by far, the best part of this business. There is money to make, and return on investments to worry about, and interest rates and CAM fees. But it’s so much more than that. It’s about being a part of a community, one building, and one story at a time. What’s your story? We would be honored to be a part of it.

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It's Official! Ticket Sales Have Launched for ChowChow Asheville

Ellington Realty Group is a proud sponsor of the Urban Trail event at the very exciting upcoming food festival, Chow Chow.

From chowchowasheville.com:

Asheville, NC’s new culinary spectacular, Chow Chow, welcomes everyone to the table September 12-15, 2019. Named for a piquant vegetable slaw that has perked up generations of Appalachian dinner plates, this immersive festival celebrates the bounty of the ancient landscape that envelops the city. Here where food and creativity flow like the rushing streams and rivers of the surrounding Appalachian Mountains, local taste-makers prepare and share meals that nourish the soul as well as sustain the land.

The festival’s lineup includes grand tasting events, chef demonstrations, charitable collaborations, and a unique array of hands-on experiences in and around town. In Asheville, the table is always set—and Chow Chow invites all to feast on the abundance.

Go to chowchowasheville.com for tickets to the events. You don’t want to miss this!

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Big Congrats to Three Asheville Chefs for Being Named James Beard Award Semifinalists

Katie Button of Curate and Button & Co. Bagels and Meherwan Irani of Chai Pani have been named as James Beard semifinalists for Best Chef Southeast, and Ashley Capps of Buxton Hall Barbeque has been named semifinalist for Outstanding Pastry Chef. Congrats to these fine folks. We are proud to live and work in this outstanding community with you.

For more, go to:

https://www.citizen-times.com/story/news/local/2019/02/27/3-asheville-chefs-james-beard-award-semifinalists/3005415002/

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CBS This Morning Features Chai Pani's Meherwan Irani

CBS This Morning featured Chef Meherwan Irani of Asheville’s famed Chai Pani, this past weekend. His Indian street food is breaking barriers and changing the way people view Indian food in the United States.

Our broker-in-charge Burns Aldridge is proud to have helped the Iranis secure their first Chai Pani space on Battery Park in downtown Asheville, in 2009.

Watch the video here:

https://www.cbs.com/shows/cbs_this_morning/video/u15u7wDO6_RsSux0NOmi6C3WNFnTbNae/chef-meherwan-irani-on-bringing-indian-cuisine-to-america/

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New Restaurant Galactic Pizza Opens

Ellington Realty Group is proud to have worked together with these great folks in the lease for this fantastic new pizza joint near Brevard Road. Make sure to go, and check out the gorgeous handcrafted bar top while you’re there.

As reported in the Mountain Xpress on November 6, 2018:

Admiral+Desoto+Tastee Diner=Galactic

Galactic Pizza, one of West Asheville’s newest restaurants, has a solid West Asheville pedigree. Owners are Jonathan Robinson, part owner of The Admiral, and Natalia Robinson, of Tastee Diner. Other owners are Sabrina White and Tim McMurrin, owners of Desoto Lounge, and Doug Ellington, who owns the Sardis Road building that Galactic Pizza is in. Galactic Pizza opened Thursday, Oct. 25, serving New York-style pizza with a crust made from cake yeast, which gives it a moistness that dry yeast doesn’t, Jonathan Robinson says. The restaurant will offer standard toppings, but also homemade vegan pepperoni and cheese. The chicken banh mi pizza was a big hit during the soft opening in late October, he says.

Galactic Pizza is at 339 Sardis Road. Hours are 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 11 a.m.-midnight Friday and Saturday.

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Chai Pani Owners Expanding Their Indian Street Food Empire

One of the very best parts of our job is working with the innovative, driven and deeply interesting clients that we work with. One of the  best examples of those is long-time Ellington Realty Group clients Meherwan and Molly Irani of the famed Asheville restaurant Chai Pani.

Eater Atlanta published last week:

Chai Pani and Botiwalla chef-owner Meherwan Irani is expanding his Indian street food mini empire. Irani has confirmed he is opening three more metro Atlanta Botiwalla locations in the next year, and as many as eight to ten more locations over the next five years throughout the southeast. Irani’s future plans could include as many as 50 Botiwallas.

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https://atlanta.eater.com/2018/4/19/17256006/botiwalla-chai-pani-meherwan-irani-expansion?mc_cid=f8587aeb39&mc_eid=%5bUNIQID

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Chai Pani Launches New Look

We were proud to have represented the fine owners of Chai Pani when they opened their very first location on Battery Park. Now, that space has just undergone a renovation where the flavors can be bigger and better than ever and the restaurant can better serve it’s loyal customers.

, for the Citizen-Times, tells more:

https://www.citizen-times.com/story/news/local/2018/03/06/gallery-ashevilles-chai-pani-launches-new-look-expands-menu/396153002/

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