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  • Writer's pictureMary Ann

Now Open: Button & Co. Bagels in Asheville


Asheville, NC 28801



Button & Co. Bagels is now open in the heart of Asheville — the newest restaurant from James Beard nominated chef Katie Button of Cúrate. Located beneath her restaurant Nightbell, Button & Co. Bagels is Button's take on a classic bagel shop, with inspiration from Asheville's Appalachian roots and a focus on sustainability and local ingredients from Western North Carolina.


Bagels are made on-site using a house-made sourdough starter and blend of high-gluten, organic northern wheat flour, with single variety flours from Asheville grain miller Carolina Ground to achieve the proper chewy texture, then boiled with sorghum syrup to take on a characteristic sheen. Plain, rye, seeded and everything varieties, plus seasonal flavors like fig and sorghum, are served with toppings using both local ingredients and traditional Appalachian methods of pickling and preserving.


Toppings range from house-made lox and a creamy smoked trout schmear made with nearby Three Graces Dairy to sumac-rubbed smoked sable and house-made fruit preserves, alongside a menu of locally inspired sandwiches like Benton's country ham, egg and cheese. Guests can dine-in or take their order to-go and pair it with house-made and bottled sodas in flavors like celery, root beer and strawberry, freshly pressed juice and seasonal shrubs. Counter Culture coffee is served, along with a variety of cider, beer, canned rosé and mimosas, perfect for weekend brunching.


Devised in collaboration with Lisa Ellis Design, the space features a mix of wood, metal and stone accents and reclaimed vintage pieces that nod to Button & Co. Bagel's Appalachian influence. Open Tuesday through Friday from 7am to 3pm and on weekends 8am to 3pm, an open kitchen gives the 30-seat café a full view of the bagel-making process, from making and shaping the dough to boiling and baking. A glass case houses the shop's toppings and spreads, while surrounding shelving displays house-preserved seasonal products throughout the year.


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