Asheville’s Neo Burrito finds a home in the Village of West Greenville

Restaurant is slated to open this summer

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If you love burritos and all things taco, you’ll love this.

Asheville’s wacky, space-themed Neo Burrito is coming to the Village of West Greenville at 1268 Pendleton St.

Photo by Will Crooks

President Walter Godfrey says they’re shooting for a summer opening, as long as all goes as planned.

Across from the Village Grind coffee shop, Neo will be the fourth restaurant to open in the Village in a year, after Golden Brown & Delicious in August 2016, the Anchorage in January, and Coastal Crust’s planned opening in July.

Neo Burrito’s other locations in Asheville are in River Arts District of West Asheville, Biltmore Park, and East Asheville.

Walter Godfrey, president of Neo Burrito

Godfrey, who lived in Greenville from 2012-June 2016, says the Village location was chosen specifically because it has a similar feel to Neo’s River Arts District location.

“West Greenville feels like Asheville,” he says. “Maybe not quite as hippie, though.”

Godfrey presented his plan for a Greenville location to owner Zak Yancey in 2015 and worked with Rakan Draz of Avison Young to find the perfect new home for the restaurant, bypassing options on Main Street, Woodruff Road, and Augusta Road.

“Pendleton felt like home,” Godfrey says. “I wanted to expand somewhere with the same feeling of security.”

The 50-plus-seat restaurant will be shotgun style similar in concept to a Chipotle or Moe’s, with the open kitchen and assembly line on the right, a chalkboard menu, a concrete bar with seating on the left, a few seats outward facing to the street, and mezzanine-level seating.

Godfrey says what sets Neo apart is its commitment to locally sourced food and sustainability to the point of sorting all of its trash, composting, recycling, and even harvesting rainwater for reuse. The Biltmore Park location also uses solar panels, and Godfrey hopes the Greenville location may be able to use them as well. All of the company vehicles run on recycled vegetable oil.

Rendering provided by Walter Godfrey

One of the hallmarks of the restaurant is that it has its own farm that supplies all of the produce and eggs used daily. Godfrey says the Greenville location will use Neo Farm as a supplier, but he hopes to mainly use local farms.

“I’d like to establish ties locally,” he says.

Neo Burrito’s menu, which will remain the same at all four locations, includes a breakfast menu served all day (can we get an amen?). For instance, check out the “Quesadomelette” (meat, eggs, two veggies, and cheese). Other menu items include burritos, tacos, quesadillas, soups, salads, and chips and dips with names like “Chupacabra” (rice, chili beans, jerk chicken, bacon, choice of chorizo or ground beef, pineapple salsa, Ninja Sauce, beets, and chipotle aioli), “Hot N’Heavy” (rice, pinto beans, chicken, steak, bacon, cheese, fresh jalapeños, and Ninja Sauce – Very Spicy!), “Nacho Shihan” (chips topped with a choice of protein, with beans, cheese, lettuce, olives, jalapeños, pico, sour cream, and guacamole) and “Bonehead Salad” (spring mix with maple balsamic, tomatoes, corn, beans, cucumbers, tortilla strips, and chicken).

The menu also includes gluten-free and vegan options.

Visit neoburrito.com to see more.

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