New West Asheville eatery, Sky City BBQ, now open on Haywood Road

| March 17, 2014 | Comments (73)

I’ve been hearing West Asheville denizens raving about Sky City BBQ now for about a week, so I decided to check out the barbecue joint, which is adjacent to the Haywood Quick Stop on Haywood Road. It is a funky little space, totally DIY. And yes, the barbecue is delicious. So are the sides, including baked apples, mac ‘n cheese and some off-the-chart baked beans. It’s all served up by KC, whose kitchen is in a food truck behind the little restaurant space. Check it out.

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  1. Smytty says:

    Drove by this morning and it seems to be shut down. Guess that’s the end of that.

  2. knowsthetruth says:

    Run him out of your town and support people with morals!!!!!So what if the food is good if he’s having sex with your son or your friend’s son.God is watching everyone’s behavior, yours and his….

  3. knowsthetruth says:

    I live in Charlotte and KNOW the truth by seeing it with my own eyes. Tried to turn him in but no one would speak up with me. The truth is the truth even if no one believes it.He plies teens with drugs and alcohol and has sex with them. He likes straight white boys and one killed himself behind KC’s behavior. His name was Ryan. Everyone around Charlotte knows about him and his warehouse he used to have. He goes to homeless shelter scouting for young down and out white teens.He is dirty, shady and slipped me a ghb drink meant for the guy I was with but we had traded. He should be in prison!! Don’t let your sons go around him…..

  4. TOPR says:

    I wish you would remove my picture from the article as well. I went there once before I was informed about this scumbags actions, and I regret it. Let alone having my picture used to promote it.

  5. TOPR says:

    All this thread proves is that its OK to be a Child Predator in Asheville if you make decent BBQ. You people are honestly making excuses for a child predator? You guys are honestly slut shaming a victim of rape? What is wrong with you?

  6. U r haters says:

    U ppl know absolutely nothing!! I’ll bet those people wanted sex!! Who doesn’t!! The food is great it will only b ur loss!! Btw..y don’t card people u know or see everyday!!

    • Taipei says:

      as an ex employee of this establishment, I can attest to the fact that KC is a grimy scumbag. he lures young homeless men in by offering them work, shelter, and food, and lets them sleep in his van. Then attempts to take advantage of them in their sleep . he had several young men working for him that he did not pay for several weeks and then fired them and replaced them with new people that he didn’t have to pay for weeks of labor that were put into his restaurant . none of his employees are on the books. most of the things that he has in the restaurant are stolen. he tells his employees to hand out coupons to white people only. the list goes on and on. There is no reason to defend this man for any reason he deserves to be in prison. he was run out of Charlotte for a reason and he will soon be leaving Asheville. I can assure you that.

    • C Town says:

      KC used to wait tables at Lupie’s Cafe in Charlotte in the late 80′s before running/owning Fat City thru the 90′s early 2000′s. I can state as a fact that he sold beer to underage minors while at Lupie’s. His reputation for shady activities while at Fat City is legendary. We generally referred to him as “Hep C”. Steer clear folks.

    • Foothills Dweller says:

      Feel kind of stupid now?

  7. Cardin says:

    This is so disappointing. I really care about KC. I didnt even know he was gay till recently. As someone who has experienced the smearing of my reputation and my dad’s (situations not related- both of us were pushed out of our communities/homes). The damage was extensive and incredible. At this point Im not surprised at how far people will go if they think you are blocking their agenda. However- i seriously doubt that KC’s accusations are entirely false. its is common for older men to date much younger ones. Consider Elmo’s creator… Was consent given and then regretted?… How do you relate to a friend who’s pervy side gets him into trouble ?

    ps
    The fried cat fish sandwich rocks.

    • From charlotte says:

      The accusations are true. This is no smear. If people like this are not stopped the cicle will continue. Abused kids turn into f-up adults. Why would you do anything other than try to stop someone from having to go through that kind of pain?

  8. yes says:

    I went there twice, both times just before noon, and each time he was closed. But then again I’m 45 years old.

  9. Attentive customer. says:

    I was in there the other day and from what I noticed, ids were not checked and Im quite positive minors are getting alcohol here.. the ridiculousness of this “restaurant” blows my mind.

    • smytty says:

      I have not been there, but if IDs were not checked, how do you know minors were served?

      • Attentive says:

        Well, individuals who were directly approaching KC did not have their ids checked and were immediately cracked open cans of beer. The individuals I saw did not look anywhere close to 21. But then again, I am quite older and it is hard for me to recognize anyone’s age anymore. I just think someone should look into who he’s been serving alcohol to.

        • smytty says:

          So, people who obviously knew him and had been in before weren’t ID’d? Makes sense, actually.

          Juat saying – this guy sounds plenty creepy. Tossing around baseless accusations seems unneeded.

      • really? says:

        Maybe they looked like they were ten to twelve years of age. Its obvious when somebody is very young. Considering who is being spoken about, it probably was a younger individual. He doesnt have mature people hanging out with him ever. Only young males. Its only a matter of time Karma is undenied.

      • really? says:

        Based on his past alone? thats a safe assumption. Asheville police are no joke.

        • Smytty says:

          Not sure how his past relates to assuming that people who “look young” are certain to be underage rather than folks who he knows and doesn’t feel compelled to ID.

          This guy’s got plenty of problems for sure. Just seems like you are grasping at straws to pile more on him.

          • Charlottean says:

            It seems like the only type of person that would defend him is somebody like him, are you one of his “buddies” that helps him corral children? “Smitty” You are so worried about a person that is undeniably guilty. If you try and stick up for him your just like him, best for you to stand down unless you want to be considered similar to him. NOBODY in their right mind wants to be similar to this thing. Since you care about him so much, do all the people that eat there (all 5)a favor and tell your pal to take a shower. He is filthy and stinks like a homeless person.

          • smytty says:

            Urine idiot. I don’t know him and have never eaten there. Couldn’t pick him out of a line up. By all accounts, he sounds like a bad dude.

            However, attribuing erroneous reports to a guy accomplishes nothing and is likely to garner support for him rather than anything else.

            If he’s guilty of the many crimes listed below, he will likely pay the piper. It just seems like “I saw him serve beer to someone who looks young” is a pretty weak claim – especially compared to the charges being levvied against him.

            I have no interest in defending a guy who may be a scum bag, but I also don’t see the point in saying “yeah, and I bet he also violates his Homeowner’s Association Bylaws.”

            Or whatever.

          • CHARLOTTEAN says:

            LOL! Claims like this against a person will not garner him more defense from society. Thats crazy delusion. People know where theres smoke theres fire. His crimes are listed with links… people can see and read into this situation and draw the conclusion that this person is somebody to stay away from. Common sense. AND at this point its impossible for anybody to help him out… thats ridiculously crazy! His past is right up on his heels… its only a matter of time before he gets it. Your a joke of a human being… get your priorities straight boy. A safe land for the young is what society wants. Clean restaurants and imprisoned child rapists fit in that category also, dead child rapis
            t is even better as far as Im concerned. Leaves a lesson for all to see and learn from… NO?

  10. HERE IS OTHER PROOF says:

    The charges are still pending via Georgetown, SC Courts

    Terry,Kenneth Carl
    http://publicindex.sccourts.org/Georgetown/PublicIndex/PISearch.aspx

  11. theFox says:

    talked with KC and his attorney. He was chased out of GeorgeTown due to some rich folks across the street. The city will not press charges as long as he stayed outside the city. It does not make sense to me. If you broke the law, you broke the law and the law will get you and throw you in jail.

    I think someone has an agenda…

  12. theFox says:

    Background check was done on KC. Lawyer contacted that represented him. He was run off georgetown due to false charges. Rape charges and under age drinking and prostitution but the city will not pursue him as long as he is outside the city. Now, tell me why they won’t enforce the law if it was broken and as long as he is outside. It sounds fishy. His place was in front of multi million dollar units and it was/is an eye sore. Rich people wanted him out.

    • HA! says:

      You talked with KC? Then your part of the movement to hide the truth. You think he would tell you the truth? His lawyer told you everything? That’s breach of trust, since when did lawyers go around telling the public personal info on their clients? You are just trying to spin this out and protect your “buddy”. If anybody searches the Georgetown court system they will find that KC has 11 pending charges. THAT means nothing has been thrown “out”. His record travels back as far as Charlotte N.C. You trying to defined him is just ridiculous and simply desperate. Understandable seeing that society has over time gotten this man under the microscope for law enforcement to analyze… this will continue until the rapist is finished raping.

      • Brittany says:

        Dude’s slinging pork & beer & some awfully tasty side dishes…. To talk shit about someone {ON THE INTERNET} makes us no better than other small town, small minded, hillbilly, cowards who use forums to air their grievances or dislike for someone… Bet you wouldn’t bring your concerns about his personal life/history up to him personally, would ya? In some circles those folks are called “bullies” or teenage girls…. If you don’t like his past, don’t go there but stop talking shit {on the internet} – that’s SOOOO NOT ASHEVILLE. Not what I like to think our city is about…. It’s not a good look. It’s a personal/moral dilemma for you, not something that needs to be used to slander this man’s business/livelihood…. As for me, I don’t {personally know KC, I met him at his establishment about a month ago, SUPER nice dude…} It’s a bit of a circus over there but his BBQ is damn good….

        • really? says:

          Man you should give it up. This person has a long history of doing the things mentioned in this thread. He has pending charges for lots of disgusting activity involving young males. Surely you realize most of society is against this unlike you obviously. Thats fine, run with your people. Be safe though, and nobody is afraid of that man, I think he got a death threat and thats why he got out of Georgetown. Marine father with a death sentence.. its dangerous to mess with children, they have parents. Think dude! think! use your morals if your got em cause the rest of society has morals. They are gonna use em against scum. It said on the georgetown police website that he has a website called broke redneck boize.. he rapes children dude. Thats why this is going on in this thread.

    • From charlotte says:

      I find it quite ironic that he was the talk of the alternative community in charlotte, in the late 90s, for dong the same thing. I guess the folks in nc and sc got together and made all of this up. There’s no doubt this went on in charlotte at his old noda place. I remember he use to drive around with a bible on the dash of his truck to, and I quote, “trick up the cops”. He needs help. As for the folks defending him, the same thing happened in charlotte. He owned the hottest place in town at the time and was considered a darling of the arts community bringing new life to the alternative hood. Of course this was all bs. But some small minded wanna-be type would always defend him to the 9s. Oh well. The point isn’t to defame the man. The point is to protect folks from his twisted behavior.

  13. Charlottean says:

    The individual that posted under the name “nope” claimed that the man kenneth terry and the man that owns skycity bbq arent the same is lying. He is trying to protect his friend. Search Kenneth Carl Terry Georgetown arrest and read… there will be at least 30 webpages pop up with all sorts of info…. people spread the word and protect your community.

    • Brittany says:

      Dude’s slinging pork & beer & some awfully tasty side dishes…. To talk shit about someone {ON THE INTERNET} makes us no better than other small town, small minded, hillbilly, cowards who use forums to air their grievances or dislike for someone… Bet you wouldn’t bring your concerns about his personal life/history up to him personally, would ya? In some circles those folks are called “bullies” or teenage girls…. If you don’t like his past, don’t go there but stop talking shit {on the internet} – that’s SOOOO NOT ASHEVILLE. Not what I like to think our city is about…. It’s not a good look. It’s a personal/moral dilemma for you, not something that needs to be used to slander this man’s business/livelihood…. As for me, I don’t {personally know KC, I met him at his establishment about a month ago, SUPER nice dude…} It’s a bit of a circus over there but his BBQ is damn good….

  14. drong says:

    i’ve known KC since i was a teenage boy in charlotte in the early-mid 90′s , i was never assaulted by him but i know many peers that were involved with him. none of them did anything they diddnt already want to be involved in but it was sketchy and there were abundant drugs. once again none ever forced but made available.

    • Yeppers says:

      But apparently no one cares here, because ‘wooo barbecue!’. Typical Asheville, don’t let harsher realities interfere with a good time.

      • really? says:

        Believe me, people care. You will find that out when you ride by and he is no longer there. Court cases in SC still pending for prostitution etc.. minors just gross. In Asheville you have so many nice places to eat, this is the opposite. Keep your restaurant scene clean and support the good folk who truly deserve your money, this person has a history of using his establishments as to “hunt” boys. Everybody in Charlotte knows this. Everybody in Georgetown knows this. Asheville! YOU ARE NEXT.

  15. bob smith says:

    somebody really needs to contact the gas station owner and let him know what he’s getting into.

  16. Jonathan Wainscott says:

    http://www.blueridgenow.com/article/20120322/articles/120329923

    BBQ guy is more of a concern than husband of Asheville Art Museum executive director. ..

  17. Rich says:

    Looks like from Georgetown County court records that Kenneth Carl Terry is listed as the defendant in at least 11 pending cases including prostitution, paraphernalia, possession, contributing to the delinquency of a minor, and promoting the prostitution of a minor.

    http://publicindex.sccourts.org/Georgetown/PublicIndex/PISearch.aspx

  18. Das Drew says:

    Stand back. There’s a hurricane coming through.

  19. tardnation says:

    Why the hell would anyone eat at a place with a sign like that anyway?

    • Foothills Dweller says:

      That was my first thought too.

    • Drexler McStyles says:

      What a moronic thing to say. Perhaps his focus is on the food?

      • Charlottean says:

        The focus has always been to lure in young boys. He uses his businesses to hunt children. He is a predator rapist that feeds off of children, its well known and documented. NOT rumour. For anybody to try and defend him at this poin tis simply ridiculous. You must be “him” or one of his friends that set boys up for better shifts. His lady friends in Charlotte were accomplices and would do anything to work the bar on friday night so they could make enough money for their drugs. Its only a matter of time… Asheville wont allow his existence with the facts being so strong.

  20. Aaron says:

    Wow. Just finished reading all the articles in regards to this guy KC and I have to say I am utterly astounded that he is even allowed to walk the streets let alone operate a restaurant. As a chef and owner of a cafe in this awesome town I have to say I am appalled and will not be patronizing his business and will warn others to do the same.

    • luther blissett says:

      Since you’re a chef and owner of a cafe: have you ever hired ex-cons? I’m asking an honest question: the AB Tech culinary program in local prisons is a good thing, and kitchens are one of the few places where people with a record can get hired without being judged on their pasts. If we were judging Asheville restaurants based solely upon the background of their staff, I’m pretty sure there’d be a few people dry-heaving over their eating habits.

      This guy might well be a skeeze: ‘concerned’ talks about convictions, and clearly is.. concerned, but the links posted talk about arrests and not trials and convictions.

    • Charlottean says:

      Thank you. Its true everything you hear. Somebody above claimed that the people around him “knew”e getting involved in… thats not true. They didnt know ghb was in their drink when they drank the drink he handed them. Nobody expects to be dateraped by a homosexual lunatic. He uses his establishments to draw in victims…. and give up trying to protect him. LOL

  21. jack says:

    Looks like a total dump. Did they even clean the old garage floor? No gloves no hair ties no bear net. Wait really please tell me that isn’t Styrofoam….

    • Ron says:

      Does he display a Buncombe County Health inspection certificate? I searched and didn’t find any restaurant called Sky City BBQ listed in their system. http://buncombe.digitalhealthdepartment.com/

      Perhaps he’s not even on their radar (yet) and therefore not being inspected. That would explain the “No gloves no hair ties no bear net.”

      Buncombe’s Environmental Health # is 828-250-5016.

      • JT says:

        Agreed. If you want to operate a business in the city limits, you gotta follow the rules… or at least try.

      • Ron says:

        The only building permit recently pulled for 495 Haywood RD was for “ADDING TABLE TOPS & PAINTING AND ADDING ON PREMISE ALCOHOL TO EXISTING STORE” and a final inspection has not been done as of 3/18 (at least according to the City’s website).

        • Drexler McStyles says:

          Im pretty sure his “kitchen” is the food cart out back, which he does have an operating license and the proper permits for. The cart was Lucky Fish Taco.

      • tret says:

        His kitchen is the food truck so he does not need a permit for the store.

  22. West Sider says:

    I find it also quite disturbing that (found through Googling) his last restaurant in Myrtle Beach had a health score of 68!

  23. concerned says:

    Here’s an update from the first article about more charges filed against him for soliciting minors for prostitution among other things. Dig deeper and you’ll find even more allegations: underage runaway boys paid to do things on camera for a porn website.
    Dig deeper than that and you’ll find similar charges in Charlotte, NC years back for the same thing: under age boys, runaways, drugging and prostition..even rape allegations. This guy does not deserve to have Asheville’s support!

    http://www.southstrandnews.com/article/20130716/GTT01/307169998

    • chuck says:

      When you throw accusations like this at someone you should not do it so anonymously. And the whole “dig deeper” thing is smearing someone’s name without proof.

      These are rumors. Nothing more.

      • Dusty says:

        I am confused…how are these rumors? These are pretty credible media sources with his pics and some pretty credible charges.

      • westville says:

        Exactly, and if you think logically if he was convicted of these charges (which he wasn’t) then he would be in jail for the rest of his life. All the allegations were dropped. If all of you truly did your research, you would see that. Perhaps before you slandering someone, you should get all of the information available. It’s unfortunate that someone trying to escape the nonsense of those weak minded individuals, is having to relive all of it again. You should all be ashamed.

        • Charlottean says:

          The charges are still pending.. look them up and read what he has done.. you are obviously trying to help him. He doesnt have any friends smart enough to protect him. These attempts to stick up for him are weak and “fishy”.

      • Charlottean says:

        NO these arent rumours. Everybody in Charlotte knows and now Georgetown. He is with your children now in Asheville. SEE… he had krazyfish, used it to rape children with ghb. Got caught… changed his name to “lucky fish” to smear it in law enforcements face that he didnt get caught. Now he is Sky city bbq and he is going to recieve justice no matter what he thinks… tell him that.

    • Nope says:

      The place in Charlotte, and the SC place are two different people and restaurants. It actually brings up that in the SouthStrand article. Also, there is only 1 Kenneth Terry in the DOC website, and it is not the same one from Sky City. Perhaps you should wait to see the outcome of this case, before you throw this dude under the bus.

      • Charlottean says:

        He was part of the charlotte location, the other owner found out about him then kicked him out. He threatened to sue KC for using the restaurant name. He has done an excellent job of distancing himself from KC and has managed to survive despite the rapings. He is a good guy. Before any of that could unfold the law in Georgetown came down on KC for prostitution and all those other charges and we in Charlotte never heard anymore about the lawsuit. At least 100 people from Charlotte responded in the comments section on the Georgetown police dept. website with stories and warnings. After Asheville where will he go? Those court dates are still pending… he is in NC and has SC courtdates. Un cool… he is a rapist.

        • theFox says:

          So a rapist on the loose with pending cases for months. Why? Do you think if they are true , he would been in jail by now.

          I don’t believe the cases are true and I think someone has an agenda. I am not saying that he is totally clean but if I have a rape charge on my in multiple cities, I am walking freely now and conducting business…

          Why would then not throw the guy in jail or arrest and him and charge him after all of this time?

          • HA! says:

            He doesnt have a rape charge in multiple cities. He has pending charges meaning that they havent gone to court yet. You dont seem to understand the system. He paid a lawyer alot of money to get out. His lawyer has the ability to continue the court dates but not longer than a year or two… he can get extensions etc.. but eventually that wont keep happening and the court date will happen. KC will face his charges. These happened a little over a year ago if that… it can take up two years for the final court date to occur. In one of the Georgetown websites discussing his crimes the SBI said it would take at least a year for the evidence to come back on his computers that he used to distribute rape videos on the internet. It was the Georgetown law website that gave that info. You people are uneducated as hell when it comes to this stuff.

      • Charlottean says:

        It is the same Kenneth Carl Terry. Your attempts are weak and ignorant. The Charlotte location was his but his partner sued him and kicked him out… rape allegations in Charlotte destroyed his Krazy fish restaurant there so he moved to Georgetown and started right back up…he always starts right back up.. just traveling along raping children that are passed out in his backroom or on his couch after they leave to get stoned at 3am. You should all go to his facebook page… what kind of person would post porn videos of oral sex on facebook? HA You are starting to understand no? They are straight vids.. check the comment under one of them, that guy is from Charlotte and he is simply asking “when did you start watching straight porn? He had a website for raping boys people! SICKNESS! retarded,
        straight up gross sickness.

  24. concerned says:

    This guy KC is a dirty, nasty man with some really bad habits. He’s been arrested and convicted of some pretty evil stuff years back in Charlotte and most recently in Georgetown, SC, where he had a restaurant as well. This guy should be in jail and I’m surprised to see him in town. Do not support this guy..want to know why?? Copy and paste this link into your browser and read the article:

    http://www.southstrandnews.com/article/20130430/GTT01/304309999

    • Ashley says:

      Thanks for the heads up. He will not have my family’s support.

    • Lorraine says:

      Wow, thanks for the heads up on this. This individual will not be getting any of mine or my family’s business.

    • Drexler McStyles says:

      Do you have a link for a follow up article that says he was actually convicted of anything?

      • Charlottean says:

        Your links to his crimes are above, his court dates are still pending. Its only been a year since he was caught. SBI took his computers and that can take up to a year… they go deep and have to get info from servers out of state… he really should quit trying to open restaurants at this point. He should also take a shower.

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