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West Asheville is on the other side of the French Broad River from downtown. It had become a place of abandoned buildings on Haywood Street and dying bungalows on side streets. In 1999, April Moon Harper left her chef's job in Atlanta to return home. There she and her mother, Belinda Raab, decided to open a restaurant. In 2003, Sunny Point Cafe opened in one of the old buildings, now restored, complete with a half-acre vegetable garden. Melville recounts how the restaurant helped \"to ignite the neighborhood's rebirth.\"