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Neighborhood Eats: The Waterbird

The Waterbird in Asheville, North Carolina, in May 2018. (Photo credit: WLOS Staff)

A new gathering place serving coffee or cocktails has opened up at a well-known location along Charlotte Street.

The Waterbird will hold their Grand Opening on Saturday, May 26, but it has already become a watering hole for locals over the past three weeks.

"Ky and I are both writers, and we've been waiting for this place for a long time," customer Lockie Hunter said.

Hunter and Ky Delaney say The Waterbird has become a place they get together to review each other's work.

"You know, writing is a solitary endeavor, so it's really nice to kind of come to a place and be around other people and kind of get that energy," Delaney said.

What Delaney described is exactly what owner Kris Kraft imagined for The Waterbird.

"I walked into the space and I immediately loved it and decided that this neighborhood needed a space to gather and sit and have conversation and a place for community," Kraft said.

That space was once the long-time home of Asheville's oldest independent video rental store -- Rosebud Video.

"We put some walls up, we re-plumbed, we re-electrified, we ground out the fabulous floors," Kraft recalled. "You know, we popped in a bar, added some liquor."

Kraft says the aim is to make The Waterbird a bright and happy work space by day and a comfortable cocktail lounge at night.

"It really is meant to be an environment where you come in and you have a beverage, and you have a conversation, and you get to hang out and commune," she said.

Drink options include everything from coffee and Espresso, to hand-pressed juices, to specialized cocktails.

The Waterbird serves breakfast -- featuring sandwiches, oatmeal, and quinoa -- from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. After breakfast, menu items include sandwiches, salads, and shared plates.

"So we're doing a cold kitchen at the moment, heavy charcuterie board, sandwiches, soup, salads -- really just something to nibble while you're drinking," Kraft said.

The Waterbird is located at 197 Charlotte Street in Asheville, N.C.

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