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Eatery, bar and 'authentic Greek market' to open in S&W Cafeteria building

It will also include a bakery, two cocktail bars, a coffee bar, private dining space, and a retail market offering local food items and specialty imported products from Greece (Photo: Grant Pictures)

S&W Artisanal, an eatery, bar and 'authentic Greek market' is set to open in the S&W Cafeteria building at 56 Patton Avenue in downtown Asheville.

The partners behind the project say it is expected to open in early December.

A press release on Tuesday says S&W Artisanal will offer a variety of dining options, from an upscale restaurant on the mezzanine to a casual eatery downstairs. It will also include a bakery, two cocktail bars, a coffee bar, private dining space, and a retail market offering local food and specialty imported products from Greece.

The enterprise is the project of ELIA, LLC, an Asheville-based partnership including restaurant designer Theodore Kondylis, restaurateur Sakis Elefantis, and local businessmen Douglas and Kenneth Ellington, the great-nephews of celebrated architect Douglas Ellington, who designed the S&W building in 1929.

"We’re thrilled to bring a local business into such an important piece of Asheville’s architectural history," said Douglas Ellington in the release. "S&W Artisanal will be an eatery and market open during the day, at night and on weekends. It will breathe life into a treasured Asheville building."

In the release Elefantis said he imagines S&W Artisanal as a spot where you can find whatever you want with a high-level of service, quality and a Greek flair.

Plans for S&W Artisanal include a special partnership with Wise Greece, an international nonprofit that celebrates the benefits of the Mediterranean diet, while giving back to local communities here and abroad.

Imported Greek staples including golden olive oil, spices, wines, and pastas will be available, with a percentage of proceeds dedicated to providing food to support charitable institutions and the homeless.

The release further states that as descendants of S&W’s architect, brothers Douglas and Kenneth Ellington, have always felt an emotional attachment to the iconic downtown building.

The S&W has spent much time as an underutilized space over the past few decades, and the Ellingtons say they decided to purchase the historic building in order to accomplish a shared goal.

“We wanted do something remarkable with the S&W while preserving its architectural details both inside and out,” said Douglas Ellington.

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