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ASHEVILLE – The S&W Market, Asheville’s first food hall, has announced plans to open to the public June 16 at 11:30 a.m. The collection of independent restaurants and beverage purveyors takes over the iconic S&W Building at 56 Patton Ave.

Built in 1929, the historic downtown building was designed by architect Douglas Ellington and remains a showcase of classic art deco beauty and intricate architectural details. In 2017, the building was purchased by Ellington’s two nephews, Douglas and Kenneth Ellington, of Ellington Realty Group.

Five-time James Beard Award nominee Meherwan Irani of Chai Pani Restaurant Group is the project’s culinary consultant. With The Ellington Realty Group, Irani curated the food hall’s culinary lineup. 

“We knew we needed a concept that opened this special building to all, and the S&W Market does just that,” Irani said.

Here’s what to expect from Asheville’s first food hall:

The space

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the S&W Building began its life as a home for the S&W Cafeteria, locally famous for quick service food in an upscale environment.

A historic, undated photo of the S&W building during its heyday.

A revamped interior will seek to evoke the same energy of the original S&W, with the buzz beginning on expanded sidewalk seating along the building’s front. Architect Diana Bellgowan was the design lead on the project.

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The main level of the food hall will have community seating for up to 65 guests, with standing tables for up to 20 more. There will be 100 seats on the mezzanine and an additional 40 seats on the outdoor patio.

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