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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Gay black mexican liberal

Manteo, NC

#1 Aug 21, 2007
Lack of parking, maybe. It could just as easily be a lack of homes and workplaces within walking distance, or a lack of bike lanes to get there some way besides a car. Or the lack of train service to Asheville these days, as a train passenger was apparently the start of the whole thing.
Lenny Lytle

Missoula, MT

#2 Aug 21, 2007
As a kid I went to the Hot Shot for chile dogs or hamburger steak. Then as a teen,several of us would gather for breakfast after a night out. Sometimes we just sat and talked for hours.Sorry to hear of the closing.
Asheville Native

United States

#3 Aug 21, 2007
Gee maybe they will change it into a coffee shop/art gallery. We need more of those.
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United States

#4 Aug 22, 2007
My Mama used to send Daddy to the Hot Shot late at night for hot dogs. They were the best! I remember Daddy waking us up late and we'd all come to the table and have hot dogs! What a treat. We also went to the cafe, and listened to the tabletop jutebox while we had dinner. The place was always buzzing and it was THE place to go.
How sad. I moved from Asheville 3 years ago. Of course, I fed right into the current plan - which is to get all the locals out and make room for the -- well, you name it. Anything other than good old mountain folk.
I hope Asheville upscales itself right out of business.
Those guys saved the Hot Shot Cafe can opener. Now watch them open a can of worms with it.
Time goes on

Hendersonville, NC

#5 Aug 22, 2007
Hate to see it close. Lot's of great memories as a teen and adult down there.

Thanks to everyone who kept it going as long as it has.
Gary

United States

#7 Aug 22, 2007
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.

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#8 Aug 22, 2007
It seems like only yesterday that we would leave the Caribou Club and head for the Hot Shot. This is sad, but times are changing---which I am reluctanly admitting---as this used to be another place to hang out like Bucks over on Tunnel Rd...and Winks..and does anyone remember the dive called the Hide-Away Club?(Telling my age!! lol)
Kevin

Gaffney, SC

#9 Aug 22, 2007
NO way! I can't imagine Asheville without the Hot Shot. I'm betting that it'll be turned into some silly yuppie art gallery or some such nonsense!
Hey, since we're closing down local icons, why not take out the Wolfe house?
The parking in Biltmore Village is horrific, to say the least. And now they're building a hotel down there? Give me a break! What's next?
doubter

Charleston, SC

#10 Aug 22, 2007
There is no place for old local icons in the "New Asheville"; only trendy (high profit) business need apply.
The Turk

United States

#11 Aug 22, 2007
doubter wrote:
There is no place for old local icons in the "New Asheville"; only trendy (high profit) business need apply.
Maybe you should have supported the "old local icon" a little more so it could have made more of that "high profit."
Matt

Morganton, NC

#12 Aug 22, 2007
Many a night/morning in the 80's I ate there after some great parties
Waking up hungover seemed OK with a belly full of bicuits and gravy
uknow

Swannanoa, NC

#13 Aug 22, 2007
I have eaten at the Hot Shot for years and made a regular appearance on Saturday mornings up until about 6 months ago. I find it interesting that the same folks who bought it from Phyllis turned into a more upscale resturant by adding bistro items to the menu for a higher cost and turned the next door venue into an art gallery. Maybe the problem wasn't parking, but the fact that a mom-n-pop diner lost it's appeal to folks who just wanted good old fashion food for a reasonable price.
howardshep

Asheville, NC

#14 Aug 22, 2007
The Hot Shot was doomed when it changed hands in January. All you had to do was read the new menu; there is no way that you'd get eggs Benedict at the real Hot Shot.

The Hot Shot was Alma, the waitress who had a nickname for everybody. It was fried egg sandwich with a lettuce, tomato, and mayonnaise. It was definitely not the boutique bistro that it was turned into. I went there once, and decided that the Hot Shot I knew was already gone. Probably a lot of other people did the same thing.
DRA

Asheville, NC

#15 Aug 22, 2007
No profit = No business = Gone
The market works!!
Ted Underhill

United States

#16 Aug 22, 2007
Given that the restaurant is in a notoriously difficult and unprofitable business; is in a location with limited parking; is only open for breakfast and lunch; was flooded in 2004; and has extensive competition, it's a miracle it has lasted this long.
Ken

Asheville, NC

#17 Aug 22, 2007
Lets don't blame it parking, Glenn. Lets think about the waitresses that had worked there for over 40 years that you fired, the menu you changed when the locals warned you not to touch it, the patrons that left because of the way you treated the waitresses we all loved and went there to visit. I still see some of the many Sunday regulars that used to fill up the Hot Shot, but can not support it any longer. Parking? Same parking spaces that have always been there. Waitresses and the local color? All gone.
The Cat in the Hat

United States

#18 Aug 22, 2007
I had my first biscuit and gravy there in 1971 when I was 7 yrs. old.I remember my Dad telling me it was time for me to start eating like a man! Sad to see it go. But lets face it, Biltmore is a traffic nightmare anyway......So Long Hot Shot we'll miss ya.
Tom

United States

#19 Aug 22, 2007
another example of Upscale Asheville at work. The upscale menue and new personnel lost all the customers.perhaps a hippie or adverse lifestyle cafe will work better in the modern Ashevile
TerryP

Asheville, NC

#20 Aug 22, 2007
howardshep wrote:
The Hot Shot was doomed when it changed hands in January. All you had to do was read the new menu; there is no way that you'd get eggs Benedict at the real Hot Shot.
The Hot Shot was Alma, the waitress who had a nickname for everybody. It was fried egg sandwich with a lettuce, tomato, and mayonnaise. It was definitely not the boutique bistro that it was turned into. I went there once, and decided that the Hot Shot I knew was already gone. Probably a lot of other people did the same thing.
You could not be more correct!!! I have been supporting the Hot Shot for more than 20 years. About once a week. I ate there once after it changed hands. That was enough for me. Parking was certainly not the problem. I miss Alma and her family terribly.
Older patron

Asheville, NC

#21 Aug 22, 2007
It seems from the comments that people are angry. I can identify with the feeling. It's a shame to see it close. Just like the racetrack. Asheville is changing into a Metropolitan like Atlanta. If we made the same wages as someone who lives in Atlanta we would be able to afford the "new" business's - much as we would like to keep things the way they were.(I will miss the bicuite's and gravy.)

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