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Located on a former brownfield along the French Broad River, the Smoky Park Supper Club is a shining example of adaptive reuse and brownfield reclamation. Logan, owner of the downtown Asheville restaurant 5 Walnut, bought the 1.8-acre property in 2011 and worked with a design/build team led by Clemson University Professor of Architecture Douglas Heckler to clean up the site and design the Smoky Park Supper Club. The shipping container restaurant includes a wrap-around deck and will be easily accessible on foot, bike, and boat.

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The innovative restaurant will feature a local farm-to-table menu built around wood-fired based cooking and classic American fare that chef Rosenstein describes as “simple, direct, and live-fired.” “It is all about hospitality,” says Rosenstein. “Good food is only one component. With the restaurant, the river, and the beautiful environment, Smoky Park Supper Club will be a total experience.” The Smoky Park Supper Club is nearing completion and adding the finishing touches, such as the inclusion of local art. A launch date has not yet been announced, however, the restaurant is expected to open sometime this spring.

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