history & overview
Sovereign Remedies was opened in October of 2014, by Charlie Hodge and his partner Sunil Patel bringing together years of work in the hospitality industry with years of farming the land. Sovereign Remedies is housed in the New Medical Building on North Market St. A seven story building, it was once was office space for Asheville’s doctors and dentists, a drug store and barber shop, it now houses a wide variety of law, engineering, and environmental protection agencies, as well as our dear friends at Herbiary.
Somewhere between warm and regal the space is filled with visual treasures of vintage service-ware, rich black and gold curtains, and locally built furniture and fixtures by Iron Maiden Studios. The 14-foot high windows dominating two of walls, allow for plants to thrive by filling the room with natural light during the day. At night soft lights and candles create an inviting glow for guests and passersby. Since opening in the main room we have expanded with a dinning area in our mezzanine and worked with the city to utilize former street parking for an outdoor patio.
The term Sovereign Remedies was discovered while reading about the great history of the Appalachian Mountains. As the area did not allow for easy access many families found and created their own medicine; this proprietary knowledge was know as each family’s Sovereign Remedy. This concept fuses perfectly with our ethos in that the cherished bottles those early settlers filled with local medicinal herbs to care for themselves and their families reflects the way we bring together the local bounty of the Appalachian region to care for our guests and visitors, our own Sovereign Remedy.
After establishing ourselves as a place to enjoy a superior mixed drink, crafted with the best ingredients, as well as a place that served bar food with the highest commitment to local, organic and humanly raised meats we took a big step towards expanding our culinary offerings. In the fall of 2016 we met Chef Graham House, an Asheville native, who joined our team, bringing with him the skills and passion to elevate thoughtful bar food to the exceptional culinary program we have today. Working together Graham and Sunil bring great excellent food from urban-sprouted seed to your table.