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About La Tapa Lounge

The history and origin of Spanish Tapas originated in Andalucia, a southern province of Spain. The word "tapa" translates as "cover". Tapas traditionally may have been a complementary piece of sliced ham served on top of a glass of wine, but we know them today as small portions of food commonly served as a snack before lunch or dinner. Tapas can be as simple as a bowl olives or more hearty, such as slices of Serrano ham. 

The tapa was born when, due to an illness, the Spanish King Alfonso X, the Wise, had to take small bites of food with some wine between meals. Once recovered from the disease, the wise King, decreed that no wine was to be served in any of the Inns iin the land of Castile, unless accompanied by something to eat. This was a wise precaution to counteract the adverse effects of alcohol on those people who could not afford to buy a nourishing meal and drink alcohol at the same time. 

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Meet The Owner

Kenny Snyder

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Kenny Snyder

Kenny Snyder is an Asheville native. He has been in the restaurant
industry for 23 years. He has corporate management training,
competitive and classic bar knowledge, and enjoys serving the community.

For many years Kenny pursued a career in entertainment, but
being a father kept him close to home. He found a passion for
bartending and decided to focus his time and energy in the bar
business so he could stay close to his family.

After earning his degree in business. He began to crave a new
adventure. He found himself drawn to the beautiful city of Black
Mountain. This is where he decided he would embark on a new journey. He and his business partner found a location, and they have now opened La Tapa!

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