Tupelo Honey bunch

Fast-growing restaurant chain banking on Southern food's popularity

Tupelo Honey Café in downtown Asheville/ Photos by Hanna Raskin
Tupelo Honey Café in downtown Asheville/ Photos by Hanna Raskin
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As a component of The Food Section’s partnership with The Assembly, I write a monthly column about food in North Carolina for the digital magazine’s readers. While some of the coverage is highly state-specific, this story by definition is applicable to eaters across the country, so wanted to share it here.

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