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Pritchard Park improvements coincide with new business in historic S&W Building

The signs of the old S&W cafeteria still hang on front of the Art Deco building across from Pritchard Park. Now, brothers Douglas and Kenneth Ellington, great-nephews of the building's architect Douglas Ellington, have bought the building and are moving forward with big plans. (Photo credit: WLOS staff)

The signs of the old S&W cafeteria still hang on front of the Art Deco building across from Pritchard Park. Now, brothers Douglas and Kenneth Ellington, great-nephews of the building's architect Douglas Ellington, have bought the building and are moving forward with big plans.

"We feel it's one of the iconic buildings in downtown Asheville," Douglas Ellington said. "So, when the opportunity presented itself to purchase it, we were really excited about doing so."

Inside will be a bakery, two bars, a coffee bar, private dining room, lunch area and retail market featuring specialty imported items and merchandise from Greece.

The new multi-faceted eatery will be called S&W Artisinal. The main bar may open this month with the rest of the offerings opening sometime in December.

"The plan is to have authentic Greek menus throughout the restaurant and really bring a taste of Greece to Asheville," said Ellington.

Items will include Greek staples like golden olive oil, spices, wines and pastas.

"We look forward to returning this beautiful building back into the daily life in our community where it can be enjoyed by all," said Kenneth Ellington. "We think this is what our great-uncle would have wanted."

On the north side of the park, where Kim's Wigs store has been for more than 35 years, a new tenant will go in the historic Miles Building.

"We're bringing back a piece of Asheville history," said Ashley Membreno, who with two siblings is opening an updated version of The Asheville Club that dates to 1901 in the same block.

The club used to be a social hangout for locals, but Membreno said this version, featuring wine and beer, will be welcoming to everyone, unlike the former one that was just for men.

"We don't think there's anyone who won't enjoy sitting on that corner taking in the view. We think it's one of the best corners in town," Membreno said.

As for Pritchard Park, some merchants think recent work and added landscaping and lighting have improved the area that has for years been a spot for the homeless to stay during the day.

"We are seeing less people who are carrying all of their belongings and sitting on park benches," said Sue Robbins, with Downtown Asheville Residential Neighbors. "Because there's more room, we're seeing more families, more people on their lunch hours and people just being able to sit and enjoy the park."

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