A new concept has recently opened in the old Forge space at the Biltmore. The restaurant is called Wink24 and here’s a bit about the concept, from the owner Fernanda Borletti:
“Wink 24 came first and foremost as a vehicle that could channel my love for food and passion for service. Deciding what kind of food to serve was a very difficult process, as I love my Mexican tacos the most, and my Italian husband loves his crostinos.
The space we found has a beautiful wood burning oven that made the decision for us — I was really willing to listen. As long as I could add some kick and spice here and there.
Through a lot of hard work and creativity, we have been able to materialize every angle of our vision. We want Wink 24 to be a reflection of love and passion, honesty and sincerity. The food is simple, straightforward. If we have good pizza crust, homemade bread, and quality in our key ingredients, people will come. That is our bet. That the oven that spoke to us, will also speak to our customers.
From a chopped salad, to a fig and prosciutto crostini, to a spicy hot coppa panini, our food is prepared by hands that find pride in doing what they do. They respect and understand the ingredients enough to venture into integrating a spicy chile into a meatball, to add a smoky Morita on top of a formaggi pizza.
The space design is conducive to long conversations over good bottles of wine. We love what we do, and hope that it translates into a fun, delicious experience for everyone.”
We can’t wait to check out the space ourselves and we hear that Fernanda is unlike many people you’ll ever meet. Pure energy and passion – once you meet her, the space makes so much sense. Very whimsical, vibrant, but also intimate. She’s very passionate about what she’s created!
The restaurant is located on the east end courtyard of Biltmore Fashion Park, between Seasons 52 and Stingray. The space has an industrial feel, broken up by bright pops of Wink’s signature colors. Their patio is bookended by these neat ring walls that most people walking through the area will notice and be intrigued by.