Leading hotel group to collaborate with local restaurateurs Peter and Martha Pollay on food and beverage concepts for two new hotels

John McKibbon & Glenn Wilcox Sr.

Asheville, N.C. (August 22, 2016) – McKibbon Hospitality and Peter and Martha Pollay announced today that they are partnering on several new dining concepts in Asheville, NC. The Pollays, who own Posana restaurant in downtown Asheville, will contribute to two of McKibbon’s hotel projects currently under construction. They will act as culinary consultants for McKibbon on its AC Hotel Asheville Downtown and will collaborate with McKibbon on the mixed-use project being developed at the site of the former BB&T building. The AC Hotel is set to open in late 2016, and the mixed-use project at the site of the former BB&T building, which John McKibbon is developing with Glenn W. Wilcox Sr., will open late summer 2019 and include a boutique hotel, condominiums, parking and retail space for lease.


“We are thrilled to be working with Peter and Martha on the world-class food and beverage program we are creating for our new AC Hotel as well as the two independent restaurant concepts we are planning for our project at the former BB&T site,” said John McKibbon, chairman of McKibbon Hospitality. “Peter and Martha are true industry experts who will be an integral part of helping us implement carefully crafted food and beverage offerings that will create unique experiences at both properties. This partnership is an important step for McKibbon as we grow our lifestyle hotel division, which focuses on implementing customized programs for guests and locals, while incorporating the surrounding local culture into each hotel.”

ACHotelThe Pollays will work closely with McKibbon on the AC Hotel’s food and beverage program, which will include consulting on menu items for its rooftop restaurant and bar, Capella on 9; the training of all food and beverage staff; and recommendations for catering and special events. Capella on 9 will include indoor and outdoor seating with amazing views of the surrounding mountains, and will offer cocktails, wine and beer, and a thoughtfully curated menu of small plates, including a selection of European-inspired tapas. The restaurant and bar will be open for daily breakfast as well as evening cocktails and dinner. Although this marks the first time an AC Hotel has consulted with a local restaurateur on its food and beverage offering, Capella on 9 will incorporate some of the signature AC Lounge menu items found at other AC locations.

635658300605119947-BBT-FINAL3For the mixed-use project being developed at the site of the former BB&T building, the Posana owners will partner directly with McKibbon on two independent restaurants as well as menus for special events and in-room dining. The first restaurant, located in the Northeast corner of the site, will be a fine dining concept with a relaxed atmosphere, offering breakfast, lunch and dinner. It will be Mediterranean-focused with global influences offering house-made pastas and large shareable plates such as whole fish preparations, creating a camaraderie around the table. The restaurant will boast an open kitchen and an outdoor dining area located on Pack Square. It will open at the same time as the boutique hotel that is part of the project, and the second restaurant is slated to open a few months after the hotel opening in the Southeast corner of the building. Details for the second restaurant concept will be announced at a later date. Peter and Martha will work jointly to open the two new restaurants along with John McKibbon, with Peter serving as the executive chef and Martha serving as the creative director.

“Martha and I are very proud of what we have accomplished at Posana over the past seven years and are pleased to expand our presence in Asheville through this exciting new partnership with John McKibbon,” said Asheville restaurateur Peter Pollay. “We have long admired John’s business acumen and his exceptional vision for luxury hospitality. This will give us an opportunity to bring three new dining concepts to Asheville that locals and tourists alike will be able to enjoy. There is nothing currently like them in town.”

As with Posana, all three restaurant concepts will be committed to local sourcing and the use of seasonable, sustainable ingredients. Each restaurant will feature open spaces that promote social interaction and will serve as unique new options for locals and Asheville visitors to enjoy.

To learn more about McKibbon Hospitality, visit them here.