Tupelo Honey Café’s South Location is Open!
by Kathryn Long
When I got the call from Steve Frabitore, owner of Tupelo Honey Café, this past August, he asked me if I’d heard of his restaurant. I told him if I had not I would have been hiding under a rock. Tupelo Honey Café has become an icon of the restaurant scene in Asheville.
But several years had passed since I had designed a restaurant. Many of you will remember 23 Page, and the first incarnation of The New French Bar, which won a CCASID Design Excellence Award for Hospitality Design in 1997.
So I suggested we talk with Patti Glazer of Glazer Architecture about a team effort. Next thing I knew, Patti was on a conference call with Steve and me.
To make a long story short, Patti and I were soon meeting with Steve, his managing partner Andy Settler, his executive chef Brian Sonoskus and Jennifer Frabitore.
Early in the design process it became clear that the project would benefit from some lighting consultation. Doug Stratton, the new and cool lighting designer from L.A., contributed greatly to the overall lighting plan. He is also responsible for those wonderful fans, and had the punched tin lampshades custom made. votivdesign.com.
Here is a visual record of the design:
September 2009: “Before” Photo of the former Asian Restaurant. Steve Frabitore strolls through the newly leased space
Ambiance’s very own Wayne Caldwell has written another book! Published by Random House, Requiem by Fire is sequel to the critically acclaimed Cataloochee.
What critics and other writers are saying:
“Walking on a tightrope between humor and heartbreak, Requiem by Fire is an uncompromising story of a doomed community, a rewarding journey into the high mountains.”
—John Ehle, author of 'The Winter People'
Caldwell returns to Cataloochee with . . . a remarkable sequel that chronicles the tough choice facing the . . . community: Accept a government buyout for their land and move, or agree to a lifetime lease with restrictions that made survival almost impossible. . . . Caldwell writes with reverence and humor about these resilient, kindhearted souls . . . .
—Gina Webb, for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Read more about the book, or order a copy from Wayne's website waynecaldwell.com.