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Weekly Scoop (December 16-22) - The speakeasy roots of Pack's Tavern đŸ„ƒÂ Plus lots to do this week!

Pack's Tavern Speakeasy Roots


The ongoing legacy of Stewart Coleman

Photos by Pack's Tavern

If you’re strolling through Pack Square Park, a bright yellow 1932 Model B Ford keg truck sitting in front of a large brick building will more than likely catch your eye, and pique your curiosity. This establishment is Pack’s Tavern, and its “Juice Box” antique Ford has become one of the most photographed icons in Asheville.

The building is famous for being a moonshine distribution center during the Prohibition era. The basement has a secret tunnel 
(now sealed), that leads to the police department where illegal liquor was smuggled back and forth. Originally the Hayes and Hopson building, it was first built by a lumber company, and was once an auto parts store.

Currently the landmark restaurant, locally owned and operated by a family who was born and raised in Asheville, boasts a menu of over 60 items, plus more than 30 craft beers on rotation.

Late founder Stewart Coleman opened Pack's Tavern in April of 2010, originally planning to open a small neighborhood tavern. However, the beauty of the 1907 building as he started renovations led to Pack's becoming the large, lovingly restored restaurant, bar and event center that we all know today.

Of course, construction took longer than anticipated; finding the perfect menu niche and maintenance on a building built over a century ago all presented challenges. However, the extensive renovations were eventually completed.

Sadly, Stewart Coleman passed away in 2012, but the restaurant carries on his work and pays tribute to him.

“We continue to try to honor his legacy: doing things right, keeping the restaurant clean, making our guests feel welcome, and putting out hot, delicious food that would make him proud,” says marketing director, Mary Evans.

A large banquet room is on the second floor of the tavern, known as The Century Room. This event space has hosted hundreds of special events from countless date nights, dance parties, group dinners, engagements, weddings, receptions, corporate dinners both large and small, and supported many non-profit fundraisers and meetings. Pack's is most proud of being a founding partner with Food Connection, an organization committed to ending food waste and relieving food insecurity by rescuing perfectly good food and getting it to organizations who use it to feed those in need. 

Each week the tavern has live music from Thursday – Saturday, and no cover charge!

“We have grown beyond our wildest dreams!” Evans adds. “We are proud to have grown over the years with a vision and culture reflective of the owners' ties to Asheville. We are grateful to each and every guest who has walked through the door and to our team, some who have been with us since we opened! We continue to fine tune our menu and drink selections. Our team is committed to making Pack's Tavern a great place for our guests, our teammates and our community.”

Pack's Tavern will celebrate its 10-year anniversary in April 2020! Be sure to keep an eye on their Dig Local page for upcoming details.

Oh, and the tavern is having its Countdown to 2020 party on New Year’s Eve! The event starts at 8pm on December 31st, and $20 admission at the door will give you access to a hoppin’ NYE party that will include toppers, favors, $20 bottles of bubbly, specialty cocktails, and live music by local dance band A Social Function. Be sure to mark your calendars!

For more upcoming events and specials, be sure to check out Pack’s Tavern on Dig Local. 

Dig Picks at Pack’s

For carnivores: Try the Reuben with house-made corned beef.

For vegetarians: Try the house-made veggie burger with caramelized onions, grilled mushrooms  and Swiss.
March 12, 2020 Pack's Tavern will host Chefs In Action celebrating the 5 year anniversary of the birth of the nonprofit Food Connection which has since gone on to rescue over 200,000 fresh meals to feed those in need. More info at Food-Connection.org

Below you will find one locally curated Scoop chosen for each day this week — but make sure to check out all the Scoops this week on our Dig Local Scoop Calendar.

Monday, December 16

MoMo Monday
at Kathmandu Kitchen
Try exotic momo dumplings filled with your choice of minced chicken, vegetables, bison or lamb and topped with a delicious traditional tomato sauce!
More details.
More to do Monday
Tuesday, December 17
Ugly Sweater Night
at Casablanca Cigar Bar
Wear your worst holiday sweater, and you'll have a chance to win a prize!
More details.
More to do Tuesday

Wednesday, December 18

$6 La Casa Margaritas
at Mountain Madre
Save $4 on the house favorite! The signature La Casa Margarita is made with 100% Blue Weber Agave, freshly squeezed lime juice, and agave syrup.
More details.

More to do Wednesday

Thursday, December 19

Cacao Night Owl
at The NOHM Elixir Bar

Explore the vibrant diversity that is chocolate here in Asheville with an all you can drink cacao full-service elixir bar!
More details.

More to do Thursday

Friday, December 20

Live Music with the 42nd Street Band
at The Scarlet Bee

Check out some live music with the 42nd Street Quartet from 7-10pm.
More details.
More to do Friday

Saturday, December 21

Blacklight Bouldering
at Climbmax Climbing
Come celebrate the Winter Solstice downtown for a blacklight bouldering night at 8pm!
More details.
More to do Saturday

Sunday, December 22

A Christmas Special
with The Blind Pig
A holiday pop-up to remember and 5 courses themed around the Christmas classic movie A Christmas Story.
Tickets and more details.
More to do Sunday
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