12 Bones’ iconic Riverside Drive location closing

By  of the Asheville Citizen-Times, mlunsford@citizen-times.com

ASHEVILLE – Soon, it’s all getting torn down.

A full rack of ribs and two sides at 12Bones.

Gone will be the many markings of celebrations scrawled on the walls. Here, someone ate at 12 Bones on a honeymoon trip. Here’s the table where a Marine ate three Hogzilla sandwiches in one sitting and wrote of his bravado on the wall. And here’s where an Australian wrote about traveling across the world just to get a taste of 12 Bones ribs.

There’s tragedy in these hand-written notes, too: Near the window that looks out on Lyman Street is a thank you note, written by the family of Officer Rob Bingaman, who died when his car plummeted from the Jeff Bowen Bridge in autumn 2013. Bingaman’s family planned his funeral here, said 12 Bones co-owner Bryan King.

The Riverside Drive location of the barbecue restaurant, a leader in the revitalization of the once warehouse-dominated River Arts District, is now in the path of the area’s unstoppable momentum. The building at 5 Riverside Drive must be empty by Jan. 13 to make way for the River Arts District Transportation Improvement Project. The last day of business in that location is Friday.

The RADTIP will bring sidewalks and greenways along the French Broad River, reroute roads and add new traffic circles, one which will necessitate tearing down the building where 12 Bones is now.

The structure is no architectural wonder. It’s a squat and utilitarian place with a surprisingly unromantic view of the river, which has found its way into the building more than once and attracts flies and bees in the summer.

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