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Asheville Gains New Restaurant and Rooftop Bar With the Opening of Funky River Arts District Hotel

Find a “big-ass hamburger sandwich” and a “pound of porchetta” on the menu at Golden Hour

A table with various dishes, crudite and scallops, on plates.
The Golden Hour opens this Friday, October 27.
Evan Anderson
Erin Perkins is the editor of Eater Carolinas.

Asheville chef Jacob Sessoms, of longstanding Table (18 N. Lexington Avenue) and brunch spot All Day Darling (102 Montford Avenue), will open two new spots in the Rivers Arts District this Friday, October 27. Wood-fired restaurant Golden Hour and rooftop bar the Roof are part of boutique hotel the Radical (95 Roberts Sreet). The hotel is located in a former abandoned warehouse and draws inspiration from the neighborhood with arty details like graffitied walls, funky fabrics, and quirky details.

Golden Hour will be open for daily dinner and weekend brunch. The menu mixes Southern flavors with chophouse favorites. There’s deviled blue crabs, pork chops with pepper relish, a pound of porchetta, shellfish beignets, whole Sunburst trout, and a “big-ass” hamburger.

The rooftop bar, aptly named the Roof, overlooks the French Broad River and Asheville’s River Arts District. The space can fit 125 people and will be open from noon to midnight. The Roof will serve snacks, cocktails, beer, and wine.

Later this year, the Radical will open Afterglow, which will be a coffee bar that transforms into a cocktail lounge in the evenings, described as a “down-tempo space serving handcrafted cocktails and light dinner with vibey music.”

Take a look here for the full Golden Hour menu.