Since owner Scott Woody is a banjo player and bluegrass musician (his band Blue Wheel Drive plays Westville Pub on August 16), rumors abound that the venue will feature bluegrass exclusively. But according to Woody that’s just not the case.
Woody and son Harris say the renovated Isis will feature a “pretty eclectic” selection of music shaped by the owners’ musical tastes.
Harris offers jam, rock, reggae and bluegrass–as well as comedy and theatre–as what might turn up at the family-owned venue.
The Isis creeps closer to opening, slowly renovated by Woody, his family and a handful of hired help, though the family won’t yet say when the doors will open.
The new West Asheville venue will begin its food offerings with dinner only and “maybe brunch on weekends,” according to Harris. And with high-dollar work going into a major renovation with all the trimmings, owners are taking the time to create good acoustics.
Harris said the family hopes to build a listening room meant to focus on sound and provide an alternative to the chatty din of other local venues.
Here’s what to expect while we’re expecting:
- heavy investment in good acoustics
- a casual, farm-to-table menu
- a wide variety of music and entertainment, from reggae to rock to bluegrass
- 30 taps
- two bars (one upstairs, one downstairs)
- a downstairs dining area that can seat 48-52
- food service starting with dinner, maybe brunch
- outdoor seating on a raised patio
- a downstairs listening room that can seat 150+
- an intimate upstairs lounge area with wine, spirits, wi-fi and a piano
Come on, Isis. Get that patio open while the weather’s still good.
743 Haywood Road in the former Pastabilities location