Monday – Thursday | 11 – 9
Friday + Saturday | 11 – 10
Sunday | Closed
204 Whitson Avenue | Swannanoa, NC
Native was founded by two local couples, Brandon and Meredith Ellison and Sarah and Casey Watkins. In 2009, the Ellisons and Watkins founded Symmetry Financial Group, a life insurance marketing organization, on the upstairs level of a Whitson Avenue office space. Soon after, they observed a local need for a healthy, community-focused restaurant at the historic site, which was once home to the Beacon Mill village that served as a gathering place for thousands of workers employed at the Beacon blanket mill from 1936 until its close in 2002.
Sarah Watkins developed a vision for the restaurant as a sustainable, family style gathering space offering healthy, locally-sourced dishes, and from there, Native was born in August 2012.
With a menu inspired by the seasonality of Appalachia, Executive Chef Jacob Whitman presents seasonal dishes featuring locally grown, farm-fresh ingredients. General Manager, Event Planner and Beverage Manager Marlene Mechanic has created an atmosphere centered around impeccable food presentation, an inviting community gathering space, and an ever-growing fine beverage selection.
Native strives to support local farms, breweries, artists, musicians and storytellers. The restaurant partners with several local suppliers, including Hickory Nut Gap, Brasstown Beef and Ashland Farms.
This support is also extended to local non-profits and organizations in the Western North Carolina region: In 2019, Native partnered with more than 20 local organizations, including the Asheville Humane Society, Bounty & Soul, the Black Mountain Home for Children, Youth & Families, and the Make-A-Wish Foundation.