Doc Chey’s Noodle House


37 Biltmore Avenue, originally a grocery and cleaner, is part of what was originally a contiguous row of five buildings dating from 1880-1888 (the front portion dates from 1880 and the rear addition 1888). In 1896, the Daly Furniture Company moved in. When we started our project, the building was in extremely poor condition. Mortar was nonexistent in parapet walls and foundation brick and the soft brick had deteriorated. The structural integrity had been compromised and much of the floor structure had failed.

Prior to our project, the building housed a gallery on the main floor and apartments and studio space upstairs. However, in addition to the structural issues mentioned, there were many life-safety and other code deficiencies.

Our extensive renovation addressed these deficiencies. We added a sprinkler system throughout, fire-rated stairwells and separated occupancies with rated construction. Structurally, we replaced about half of the existing floor joists with new construction. Since the original brick was so soft, we could not bear our new joists on the side masonry walls, but had to build new stud walls inside the masonry ones to carry the floor loads.

Following the extensive renovation, Doc Chey’s Noodle House seats approximately 75 patrons at tables and at the bar. The kitchen, serving Pan Asian food, is open to the dining area. The storefront of the previous gallery was not original to the building. We replaced that storefront with an operable wall system, creating the ambiance of outdoor eating. Apartments are being developed on the upper two floors.

This project qualified for Historic Tax Credits.

ARCHITECT: Glazer Architecture



(828) 808-6609


Asheville, NC