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Hard Cider Company Plans Asheville Restaurant With Fat Duck Alum

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Erin Perkins is the editor of Eater Carolinas, covering the food and restaurant scene across North and South Carolina.

WINSTON-SALEM The Katharine Brasserie & Bar just hired Christina Morris as sommelier (she’s accredited from The Court of Master Sommeliers) and assistant general manager, according to a press release. Her aim: to turn the restaurant into a regionally competitive French-focused wine destination. Fun fact: Morris got her Level 2 Sommelier Certification in 2013 at age 23. She has worked at Cuvaison Winery in Napa, the Nashville Food & Wine Festival, and City Winery in Nashville. To start, Morris intends to expand The Katharine’s wine program with wine flight offerings, plus increase the wine list from 200 bottles to 1,000 while also complementing the brasserie food menu.

DURHAM – After launching its rotating retail spot with artisan coffee roaster Caballo Rojo in August, the American Tobacco Campus is ready to add more pop-ups. The adaptive reuse, mixed-use development is bringing in a mini-golf course with a bar in April 2019. According to Bull City Mini owners Julie Bryce and Ben Owens, the nine-hole pop up course will land at Diamond View Park and will boast community-designed mini golf holes and obstacles, as well as a shipping container bar. The course is scheduled to be open throughout the summer.

ASHEVILLE — Hard cider company Noble Cider is opening a restaurant in a 1928 building in downtown Asheville in early 2019. Guests can expect craft cocktails, cider, apple brandy, and spirits inspired by the area’s apple culture at the space, located at Rankin Avenue and Walnut Street. As for the food, Gavin Baker will be in charge — he is the brother of Noble co-owner Trevor Baker and has worked as sous chef at Michelin-star restaurant the Fat Duck in Berkshire, England.

HIGH POINT— A high-end seafood spot called Coast is opening in spring 2019 at the Palladium at Deep River shopping center under Carl Wrenn, owner of Steak Street in High Point. The two-story establishment will boast a rooftop terrace, a courtyard with outdoor seating, and a menu heavy on fresh seafood. An oyster bar, wood-fired chicken and steaks, and Southern-influenced sides will also be on the list.