Written by Shawndra Russell | Photos by Evan Anderson
Acclaimed Asheville Nine Mile restaurant continues to expand, most recently opening a third location in South Asheville.
Upon meeting Aaron Thomas, the hard-hustling co-owner of Asheville’s Nine Mile, there’s an instant likability that defines the Nine Mile culture and keeps employee turnover low in an industry that typically sees at least a 61% turnover rate (even higher for front-line workers). Now with three locations—the original in Montford, which doubled its footprint in 2017 when the owners acquired the next door space formerly occupied by Harmony Interiors; the West Asheville location, in the central section of Haywood Road, which opened in 2013; and the newest in South Asheville in Biltmore Park Town Square that opened in the spring of 2019—Thomas takes it all in stride even as they embark on two new ventures: a line of sauces, and the Nine Mile brewery, both slated to be up and running in 2020.
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