After/Glow Café & Bar by Jacob Sessoms Opens in Radical Hotel – Food & Beverage Magazine

after/glow, a café and bar from Asheville’s local restaurateur Jacob Sessoms, is now open. Housed at The Radical, after/glow joins the hotel’s other venues Golden Hour and The Roof.


Open from 7am to 10pm, after/glow serves coffee by day and cocktails by night. Daytime counter service includes excellent espresso, drip coffee from North Carolina-based Counter Culture Coffee, Dobra teas and specialties like the chilled and frothy after/glow “draft latte” and a bright, rich and heady Honey Lavender Cappuccino. Cold and blended drinks include The Day Starter with honey, peanut butter, strawberry & banana and the Earlyglow with cold brew, banana, granola, oat milk & vanilla-orange. The menu of housemade daily morning bites will evolve often, and guests can expect after/glow staples including croissants, danishes and sweet and savory pastries.


Come 3pm, the morning, noon and night spot transitions into a down-tempo bar serving handcrafted cocktails with music from a live DJ every Thursday, Friday and Sunday in January and every Thursday, Friday and Saturday starting in February. Guests can check for the latest DJ schedule here. after/glow serves playful, coffee-forward cocktails like Irish Moonlight – lush, rich, dark and warm, Bitches Brew – not your morning matcha latte, the Player’s Anthem – a cold frothy rum creamsicle and an Espresso Martini – say less! See here for the full drink menu.

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Jacob Sessoms is the founder and chef-partner at Perfectly Ad Hoc Hospitality Group. Sessoms opened the iconic Asheville restaurant Table in 2005, launching the first of numerous successful culinary ventures in town. Today, the group also encompasses All Day Darling, a neighborhood café in Asheville’s historic Montford neighborhood. Sessoms, who oversees menu development, sourcing and operations at each concept, believes that food should be soulful and heartfelt, and ingredients and attitude matter – no matter fine dining or casual. Each concept sources products locally from farmers and artisans he and his team know personally, and they make nearly everything in house. A father of two, he aims for all of his restaurants to serve food that he would be happy to serve his own family.


The Radical, a bold, daring new boutique hotel in the heart of the River Arts District at 95 Roberts St., opened on October 12, 2023. The hotel transforms a once abandoned 1920s’ warehouse into Asheville’s newest destination, introducing 70 unmistakable guest rooms and suites. Owned by Hatteras Sky, along with its capital partner Somera Capital East, and operated by Lark Hotels, The Radical is more than just another boutique hotel; an unexpected collection of spaces, uses, businesses, offerings and yes, hotel rooms, the hotel reflects the fiercely independent and artistic communities of Asheville. Inspired by the River Arts District’s RAD moniker, The Radical brings together a collective of buzzing energy, creative characters and shared experiences designed to inspire locals and travelers alike to be fearlessly radical. | @theradicalhotelavl | @afterglowavl