Neighborhood Eats: Rise 'n Shine Cafe

A photography group holds their weekly meeting at Rise 'n Shine Cafe in September 2017. (Photo credit: WLOS Staff)

For this week's Neighborhood Eats, we visited a breakfast spot in North Asheville that's a little off the beaten path from downtown's food scene.

Rise 'n Shine Cafe is located off of Merrimon Avenue, inside Merrimon Square. Loyal customers say breakfast here is top notch.

"Yeah! I think they have probably one of the best hash browns in town," Roger Miller said.

"Breakfast was always my favorite meal and everything like that," Brooks Yaeger, the 23-year-old owner of Rise 'n Shine, said. "It's a great time for people to come together, eat and have a nice meal."

Many customers come in with the aim of getting a stellar breakfast, but once a week, a group photographers gather to enjoy more than just the food.

"Thursday morning, we just get together and have coffee, talk about our photography, talk about life, talk about what's going on in our lives," John Newton of Swannanoa said.

This photography group calls themselves "the ungroup," and have worked out an arrangement with Yaeger to display their work on the cafe's walls.

"We were in the middle of a remodel and had some blank space on the wall, and they were kind enough to offer some of their work," Yaeger recelled. "I just said, 'By all means. We can fire it up, put it up on the walls'."

Now customers can enjoy some western North Carolina scenery -- all without leaving their seat.

"It's always nice when someone does come and comment, 'Wow, you know, I love your work.' That's something an artists want to hear," Roger Miller, a photography group member, said of customers seeing his work at Rise 'n Shine.

Of course, photography is a key aspect of this gathering, but the companionship found here holds a greater significance to many members.

"I know a couple of the guys, when they've been going through stuff, that they've expressed that coming in here and being with us, you know, is really helpful," Miller noted.

And that's all part of the appeal at Rise 'n Shine.

"If you separate whatever you're going to do that day, at least you had breakfast that morning, all kind of together," Yaeger said.

Rise 'n Shine is located at 640 Merrimon Avenue in Asheville. They're open Monday-Saturday from 7:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m. -2 p.m. Click here to check out their menu.

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