City icon Hot Shot closing on Sept. 3

City icon Hot Shot closing on Sept. 3

There are 77 comments on the Asheville Citizen-Times story from Aug 21, 2007, titled City icon Hot Shot closing on Sept. 3. In it, Asheville Citizen-Times reports that:

The Hot Shot Cafe, Asheville's oldest restaurant once known for its biscuits and sawmill gravy served up 24 hours, is closing Sept.

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All Yankees must Die

Candler, NC

#66 Aug 22, 2007
Southern but not Stupid wrote:
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So let me get this straight...
When bad things happen in WNC, it's because of the Yankees/Floridians/Outsiders/M exicans/Others.
And "natives" never did anything bad or made any kind of mistakes.
No but the yankees, Floridians, halfbacks & all the other outsiders are the cause of a LOT of the problems we have around here. Who are the ones always protesting everything in downtown, Who are the ones buying up all the business & refusing to pay anywhere near state or national avarage, Who are the ones that are causing people to have to build hundres of condo, town houses & apartment building on the side of the mtns & charge an obsene amount of money for it, who are the ones invading this area & forcing their ideas & values on everyone????
Wanna see more


#67 Aug 22, 2007
I once got a free "hot dr. pepper" there. I think they had a hot dr pepper machine. I remember many a night in the booths when I was in college in the late 70's. It certainly was much better food than Waffle World.

Rutherford College, NC

#68 Aug 23, 2007
And another thing, the article mentioned the Smashing Pumpkins eating there at least twice while performing...
is that the only claim to fame they have? Anyone remember the memorabilia that used to be on the wall when Alma worked there and talked about the movie sets she had been on? Now you have 600 dollar artwork from the wife's art gallery next door? Is there really a comparison here as to who you want to feed you breakfast?
The Cat in the Hat

Savannah, GA

#69 Aug 23, 2007
RaisedOnGravyAndBiscuits wrote:
Why can't everyone be just like us? Why can't they just talk like us and eat the same food as us and think like us? and have sex with their sisters like us?
I don't get it are they just stupid?
Get some help.
The Cat in the Hat

Savannah, GA

#70 Aug 23, 2007
Truckin wrote:
Gravy slobbering, biscuit eating, cigarette smoking.....having a coronary at 55 years of age! The locals down here have warm hearts....but weak ones. Ka-boom!(the sound of someone's heart exploding)
Don't you have a gym to go to? Possibly one UP NORTH, Or you could just keep going until you cross the border. I've been eating that stuff all my life and still run through these mountains like a cat. And I might even have a smoke after an all day hike. Again, Hot Shot we'll miss you.

Asheville, NC

#71 Aug 23, 2007
Too bad. I also frequented the Hot Shot less and less after the change in January, although it was somehow comforting to know it was still there.

When I was young, my mom would take me there fairly often...and one time, pointed to the black and white picture of an old man and a young girl sitting at the counter...mounted behind the cashier's desk, and said "That's your great-granddad and me before a hunting trip in 1946"...That picture stayed there until the 2004 flood...and was seen by me on too many a late Saturday night or early Sunday hangover...ahh youth.

I wonder who eventually came across that old picture as it floated away on the receding waters?...
Andy Padgett


#72 Aug 25, 2007
I was born in Black Mtn. in 1938, I have eaten many meals at the Hot Shot, I think everybody loved Alma and was entertained by her. I live in Acworth, Ga. now and am glad I didn't eat there after they changed in Jan. I will always remember it the way it was.


#74 Aug 26, 2007
Money Makin wrote:
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I was recruited for employment from UP NORTH by a local company. Apparently I displaced another southerner in the job market? Funny, our human resources manager rarely hires a yocal local....tells me the college education isn't comparable down here, the work ethic is lacking, and candidates have little global knowledge of culture. Time for you natives to step it up?
Your remarks are perfect examples of some of the reasons we don't like Damm Yankees.

Boiling Springs, SC

#77 Aug 26, 2007
Cain wrote:
the hot shots food started to decline after the last flood there, and the prices got a little extreme... last time i was there i paid almost 8 bucks for 3 pancakes, bacon and coffee... not including the tip...
i also didnt enjoy getting poked in the ribs everytime that f ing whacked out old lady walked by with the coffee pot... she damn near got her lights put out...
That's why you don't tip :)

Boiling Springs, SC

#79 Aug 26, 2007
Older patron wrote:
It seems from the comments that people are angry.
What, on this forum? Naaaah...

Manteo, NC

#80 Aug 27, 2007
I heard the new owner wanted to and I quote "get rid of the Wal-Mart crowd". And apparently he was successful in doing it. What an arrogant jackass.


#81 Aug 27, 2007
Money Makin wrote:
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Time to evolve mountain folk. Don't let the world pass you by.
Thanks for another example.
Nick S

Greenville, SC

#82 Sep 4, 2007
Stepping aside from those with the spirit of the 1860s, I've got to say to those who wanted the Hot Shot to stick around: why weren't you going there? And if you didn't like the changes, why didn't a few of you club together, buy it, and change back the menu?

This isn't a yuppie thing or an us-vs-them thing. Plenty of long-standing local businesses survive in Asheville: more than in lots of cities its size. Plenty of new arrivals come in, set up, and suck out within months.

Perhaps it's because some people prefer having a stomach full of resentment against 'those darned locals' or 'those darned yankee interlopers' than what the Hot Shot was serving up.
Hyuck Mcgee

Miami, FL

#83 Apr 8, 2008
I kill indians, sleep with every member of my family, and still cling to words like yankee. I talk like a hick and sure ain't drivin slow on old cutler road in my F350. I watch the auto-vehicle show to supe up mah ride, say things like boohoohoohoo, have sevvral typos in evry sinigle iota of text, and speak only in some forsaken forum dedicated solely to people of my kind.

I'm also totally a native with pure american blood.

You know, just cause I've lived here longer than you.

lol killing indians.

Lancaster, CA

#84 Jan 8, 2013
Gary wrote:
My best friends mother use to be the cook for the resturant back in the 70's. A little white haired lady who took the bus every day and evening from Woodfin to Biltmore to work. Until years later when she learned how to drive a car and then that becams her means of transportation.
Will miss the resturant, but always have the memories.
Gary, I know the two people you are talking about... in fact he is the father of my 3 children. Mrs. Wilson was and still is a very good cook. ;)
How da Mighty Have Fallen

Asheville, NC

#85 Jan 8, 2013
I miss:
The Hot Shot, Chez Paul, Lonesome Valley, Trail's End, Doll's, Sky Club (up on Beaucatcher; Remember Nino Bergamo?), Rockin' Robin, Hideaway Club, Silver Slipper, Downtown Amvets Club, Doll House on Broadway next door to Grover Mooneyham's office, Schandler's Delicatessen, Town Tavern, Peterson's Grill, Brody's Stork Nest, The Man Store, Huntsinger's Grocery and Fountain (Oakley -- great milkshakes!), Glen Rock (for sins of the flesh), Office Lounge (where Mtnbred used to shoot up), and the redneck country club known as Dick's Pastime.

Anybody remember Harry Haney? He had a bar on the river across from the bleachery, corner of Governor's View Rd. and Swannanoa River Rd. I was in there one day around 1964 when Ed Wilbanks who sold Cadillacs for Harry Blumberg and always wore a funny little hitler moustache and white shoes, white suit, and white hat, came in with a fancy double-barreled shotgun with a curly walnut stock inlaid in silver and gold and pointed it at all of us. He was cussing drunk, as usual, barking mad, and looking for Harry Haney. Ed was shacked with Barbara, and Harry was shacked with Pat. Barbara and Pat were sisters, and Ed was mad at Harry because he said Harry accused Barbara of getting Pat strung out on dilaudid, and Harry beat her up. But when Ed came to shoot Harry full of buckshot, Harry wasn't there. So he transferred his anger and took his fury out on us. My brother and I snuck up on Ed and wrestled the shotgun away from him, and it went off with a load of 12 ga. buckshot into the ceiling. Scared the hell out of everybody. My brother took the shotgun home and kept it, then gave it to Harry Haney who kept it behind the bar in case Ed Wilbanks ever came back feeling froggy again.

And yes, Barbara and Pat were both strung out on dilaudid. And Ed Wilbanks never got his shotgun back. I know where it is right now. Such memories!
I miss Harry. He had a heart of gold. He was a tiny little man, very stocky who had had a career in the Navy. When he retired he came back to Asheville and became a tavern keeper. I once saw him whip a man twice his size. And it was fortunate for Ed Wilbanks that on the day he showed up at Harry's tavern, Harry was not there.

Weaverville, NC

#86 Jan 9, 2013
What was that pancake or breakfast house on Biltmore ave. going into town? I saw some guy get his whole face slashed in there and another got shot. Those were the days.

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