12 Bones Smokehouse was made famous when Barrack Obama visited it while campaigning and then again as president. But that wasn’t good enough for urban planners who wanted to reroute the main road in the River Arts District right through the restaurant, to “activate” the area. So, 12 Bones reopened on Foundy Street, a little to the south. The restaurant also opened a second location in South Asheville. Now, plans to widen Sweeten Creek Road will likely impact the second location. The North Carolina Department of Transportation plans to convert the road to a four-lane divided roadway with bike lanes and sidewalks. While right-of-way acquisitions aren’t expected to begin until 2020; to be proactive, owners Bryan and Angela King decided not to renew their lease, which will expire in 2019. Instead, they will open a second location for the second store at an old warehouse, also a little to the south. The new site will have three times as much space, with capacity for seating almost 300 in various niches, and an in-house brewery. Helping the Kings in the expansion are Angela’s brother, Dominic Koh, who cofounded Manitou Brewing Company in Colorado. He will help set up and staff the brewing operations. Taylor Howard of H&H Distillery (profiled in the September 2017 issue of this magazine) will help with small-barrel aging.