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

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A collection of the top Upstate headlines for the week of January 30, 2017

0106feast.neoburrito116.provided-e1485876365635Asheville’s Neo Burrito finds a home in the Village of West Greenville
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. 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.

cugroundbreakingGHS and Clemson announce $31.5 million nursing school
The Greenville Health System (GHS) and Clemson University are collaborating to build a $31.5 million, 78,255-square-foot clinical learning and research building at the Greenville Memorial Medical Campus. They broke ground on Jan. 30 at 701 Grove Road for the new Clemson University Center for Nursing, Health Research, and Innovation facility. Set to open in 2018, the four-story building will make it possible to expand the Clemson and GHS bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) degree program from 352 students to 800 students over the next six years.

fork-plough-profileFork & Plough to open in 2017 as Overbrook’s first restaurant
Fork & Plough, slated to open at 1629 E. North St. by Fall 2017, will be the first in the developing Overbrook area to combine a convenient grocery store, butchery, and restaurant where customers can choose between a made-to-order meal, quick drink at the bar, a steak cut to order, or seasonally prepared, take home goods. Jointly owned by Shawn Kelly, current executive chef of High Cotton Charleston, and Roddy Pick and Chad Bishop of Greenbrier Farms, Fork & Plough will have an “ever-evolving menu focused on seasonality” and feature Greenbrier meats and vegetables as well as prepared foods, onsite butchering, specialty items, and beer and wine.

MarkFarris-heroGADC eyes fund for boosting the supply of industrial property
Mark Farris objected last year when a subdivision developer sought to change the zoning classification of a property in southern Greenville County from industrial to residential. Farris is president of the Greenville Area Development Corp., Greenville County’s economic development organization. The way he sees it, he can’t persuade companies to build new factories in the county if there aren’t any good places to put those factories. Now he’s proposing the creation of a new fund that the county would use to join with private-sector partners in developing new industrial parks or so-called “speculative” industrial buildings.

chris-lewis-swamp-rabbits-1.27.17How Greenville’s hockey team ditched a failed identity and found its place in the community
When the Greenville Road Warriors renewed their five-year lease with the Bon Secours Wellness Arena in March 2015, one of the organization’s long-term goals was to reassert itself as a civic-minded asset in the community. That task ushered in a rebranding effort that has helped boost the hockey team’s visibility in the Upstate, both on and off the ice. And in the midst of that effort, the Swamp Rabbits were born. This renewed interest from the public has helped the Swamp Rabbits carve a niche as one of the city’s offerings for affordable, family-friendly entertainment.