Asheville restaurants that opened, closed in 2021, and what’s coming

Asheville’s restaurant landscape continued to change in 2021.

Restaurants closed, made their debut, reopened with a new vision and expanded to new and better locations. And 2022 is set up for many more to come both this winter and throughout the year.

Restaurants that closed in 2021

A couple of family-owned neighborhood staples closed after decades of serving customers.

In September, Pomodoros Café closed in South Asheville. Owners Tommy and Michelle Tsiros owned the restaurant that was a go-to for Greek and Italian cuisine.

On Sept. 18, Pomodoros Cafe served its last customers before owners Tommy and Michelle Tsiros permanently closed the restaurant. In November, new tenant and restaurateur Putra Negara will begin the process of turning the former Greek and Italian eatery into a high-end sushi and ramen bar.

“I’m not completely retiring, I’m just retiring from this phase,” Tommy Tsiros told the Citizen Times. “Twenty-seven years in this industry is along, long time and we’ve been blessed.”

Happy Hill Restaurant is another example of how all good things must come to an end. After more than 50 years, the family business will close permanently as the owners, Mike and Emily Lawrence, take a much-deserved rest. The Patton Avenue diner was due to close by Christmas Day.

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