There are a few guiding principles upon which Katie Button Restaurants was built – namely, a focus on sustainability, community involvement and a competitive employment practices.
Green Restaurant Certification – Katie Button Restaurants meet rigorous standards regarding water efficiency, waste reduction and recycling. Sustainable furnishings and building materials are used, and local purveyors and suppliers are always the first choice.
Adaptive Reuse – Katie Button Restaurants has been awarded the Buncombe County Preservation Society’s Griffin Award three times – for the initial Curate space at 11 Biltmore Avenue, the expansion to 13 Biltmore Avenue, and also for the building that houses Nightbell and Button & Co. Bagels at 32 S. Lexington Avenue.
Buy Local – Working closely with area farmers and the Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project (ASAP) is important to Katie Button Restaurants. As a result, regular and special menus are packed with creations that make the most of the incredible meats, fish, vegetables, fruits and cheeses available locally. In addition to the local food community, local artists are an important part of the look and feel of all three restaurants.
Living Wage Employer – All Katie Button Restaurants employees earn a living wage. The goal is for each staff member to grow and advance, whether they work in the kitchen, front-of-house, or behind the bar.
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The look and feel of the Katie Button Restaurants brand are the work of local business 11Eleven Creative. The design firm specializes in designing brands, graphics and websites for culinary clients. Advantage Printing takes care of our printing needs. Katie Button Restaurants has worked with architect Diana Bellgowan to create their restaurants, as well as Lisa Ellis Design, Trey Greer and Elm Construction and Beverly-Grant contractors. The restaurants are housed in historic buildings, and the Preservation Society of Asheville & Buncombe County has honored Katie Button Restaurants with Griffin Awards for Adaptive Re-use. Chef Katie Button wears the high-quality chef jacket from Crooked Brook.
Near the bar, guests gather around the long communal table created by metal artist David Earl Tomlinson for food and fellowship. Tomlinson also created the outdoor sign that welcomes guests to Nightbell and the staircase banister. Hayden Wilson crafted a custom glass art piece on the staircase. Paintings by Mark Bettis grace the walls. Many dishes are plated on custom wood platters by Avox Woodworking. At the end of a great meal, guests receive checks on metal check presenters by Chukk Bruursema.
Aside from the glorious Spanish food at Cúrate, there’s one other thing that stands out. The art. Outside, a sign from Signarama and planters designed by the Flora team beckon passers-by. On the walls, front window, and large mirror in the vermutería, look for murals and artwork by Jeremy Russell and Scott Allred of Brushcan Paint. One wall is adorned with a wine box panel collage by Bryan Stewart. You can’t miss the three-legged pigs crafted by local potter Lori Theriault of Crazy Green Studios. Among Cúrate guests, these whimsical porkers are a favorite souvenir of a night well-savored. A multimedia tryptich by Gabriel Shaffer enlivens the space, and Shaffer’s Spanish scenes decorate the menu. Tapas are served on locally-made ceramics from East Fork Pottery. All photos, press, and awards were framed by Patti Bell of Studio B Framing. Living Roofs’ plant wall is a stunning live backdrop. Admire Mountain Marble’s custom bar and tabletops and Bob Bridgham‘s tile work as you dine in front of the open kitchen. The perfect tapas meal ends with wood check presenters by Peter Parpan.
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