East Asheville’s newest restaurant, The Copper Crown, opened October 17th at 1011 Tunnel Rd. Named for the ornamental roof at their Home Trust Bank Plaza location, the space formerly occupied by Azalea Café and 1011 Pizzeria has been transformed and has a fresh, modern-retro feel. Copper Crown is a family endeavor, the brainchild of Chef Adam Bannasch and his wife and General Manager, Kate. The Bannaschs live in the Beverly Hills neighborhood; sons Max and Milo attend school at Evergreen Charter in Haw Creek. Living in the area has given them insight into the need for more dining options in East Asheville.
Adam and Kate hope the Copper Crown will become a true neighborhood bistro with a little something for everyone. “A family of four could come in early and have a nice, reasonably-price meal together, a couple could come in later for a fancy date dinner and a group of friends can stop by after the movies for cocktails,” Kate says. Copper Crown offers high-quality food comparable to many downtown restaurants but without the drive and parking concerns, and for a better value. They have table, booth and bar seating as well as a twenty-seat patio.
The restaurant serves New American Cuisine with New Orleans-inspired flavors and a southern flair, sourcing many ingredients from local farms and vendors. Lunch service from 11 am – 3 pm is designed for a quick turnaround with call ahead, sit down and take-out options. “Happy Hour” from 3 – 5 pm offers a limited menu with several signature dishes such as red beans and rice and crawfish etouffee available as a snack or full meal. The dinner menu has both larger and smaller plates, giving diners the option of a traditional entrée or to create their own with several small plates. Kate relates that there is a trend in restaurants toward small plates, “It gives people options, they can try more things, share and aren’t married to one large entrée.”
Brunch is offered both Saturday and Sunday beginning at 11 am featuring loaded hash browns, shrimp and grits, omelets as well as salads and po’boys. A comprehensive bar features signature cocktails such as the Copper Cup, a refreshing gin and citrus concoction. There are eight beer taps and other bottled beer options and a wine list with both new and old world wines chosen to pair well with the food. Specials are offered through the week such as Burger & Beer Night on Sundays with $1 off burgers and beer. They plan to begin offering wine tastings on Thursdays soon- stay tuned for more. Come see your neighbors at the Copper Crown for a great meal or a drink, right here in East Asheville!