restaurant industry

'Scared Of Losing Everything'

Apr 22, 2020
Evan Sung Photography

Asheville’s celebrity chef Katie Button describes the challenges and stark realities facing her industry and business since closing her renown restaurants Cúrate and Button & Co. Bagels on March 16.

By Katie Button as told to Sally Kestin, AVL Watchdog


Asheville’s restaurant scene is one of the big reasons why the city’s national profile continues to rise.  African-American restauranteurs, chefs, and cooks will be honored at an event Wednesday afternoon showcasing the role Asheville’s black population has in the industry.


Asheville’s tourism boom has brought a lot of attention to the region’s restaurants, bars, and craft breweries.  That attention has led to more customers.  That in turn is leading to workers at those places seeking out help in defending themselves from unruly patrons.  Asheville Citizen-Times reporter Mackensy Lunsford wrote about self-defense classes being taught to