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Golden Fleece Restaurant

 

111 Grovewood Rd, Asheville, NC | (828) 424-7655

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Lunch
Tuesday – Saturday: 11am – 3pm

Dinner
Tuesday – Thursday & Sunday: 5pm – 9pm
Friday & Saturday: 5pm – 10pm

Brunch
Sunday: 10:30am – 3pm

Mediterranean Meets Mountains

The Golden Fleece restaurant serves old-world Mediterranean cuisine, heavily influenced by owner Giorgios Bakatsias’ Greek heritage. Enjoy traditional hearth cooking, slow-cooked wild game, and fresh local ingredients in a charming, historic setting. The restaurant offers free on-site parking, specialty house cocktails, and patio seating with beautiful wooded views.

For more information, visit GoldenFleeceAsheville.com.

A Restaurant with a Side of History

The Golden Fleece restaurant is located in the 100-year-old former woodworking shop of Biltmore Industries, one of the longest-running Arts and Crafts enterprises in the country. Established in 1905 as Biltmore “Estate” Industries, this cottage endeavor was originally located in Biltmore Village and financially backed by George and Edith Vanderbilt, owners of the Biltmore Estate.

Led by teachers Eleanor Vance and Charlotte Yale, Biltmore Estate Industries was formed to provide area young men and women with valuable training and marketable skills in woodworking, woodcarving, needlepoint, and weaving. The little cottage industry quickly grew in popularity and established a reputation for quality craftsmanship, achieving national recognition at exhibitions in Jamestown, Knoxville, and San Francisco.

After a series of setbacks, including the death of her husband, Edith Vanderbilt sold the Industries to Fred Loring Seely, designer and then manger of The Grove Park Inn. Seely erected buildings adjacent to the Inn to house his new weaving and woodworking business, and in 1917, moved Biltmore Industries (he dropped the word “Estate”) to this site. Although some furniture was produced before Biltmore Industries moved to this location, the woodworkers primarily made small, hand-carved items such as bowls, serving trays, picture frames, and bookends, often with intricately carved motifs such as dogwood petals, grapevines, or monogrammed initials.

Sadly, Biltmore Industries’ woodworking shop did not survive beyond the 1920s; however, their homespun wool cloth was considered the finest in the county for decades. Today, examples of Biltmore Industries’ woodwork and carvings occasionally surface at auction and often attract interest from collectors across the country.