Congratulations Top Gun Bob Byron!


Bob Byron, you are hereby recognized as a Top Gun Buncombe County Restaurant by the County Advisory Board.

Top Guns are recognized as someone whose skills and services go above and beyond the call of duty to make their local communities and counties a better place to call home. 

Bob is the owner of Rye Knot, a full-service restaurant, brewery & distillery located in Asheville that specializes in plated pub food, incredible beers and hand-crafted whiskeys. 

Bob is a retired Naval Officer, ship captain and engineer and has applied that skill set to become a leader in the local restaurant industry.   

When it comes to providing expert restaurant services, nothing takes the place of experience. That’s why Bob partnered with the Asheville Godfather of restaurants, Jimi Rentz (owner of Barley’s Pizzeria & Taproom) and Danny Scully (owner of Mountain Madre, formally Scully’s).  Their collective experience was critical to getting Rye Knot up and operating, opening in August 2020.  Equally critical was his hiring of local chef Ben Dunbar.  Ben consistently knocks it out of the park with his incredible menu delivering exquisite cuisine.  Joann Hartmann and Ed Greene are additional partners. 

Rye Knot provides their customers with high quality food and drink, atmosphere and experience at affordable prices.  It is a neighborhood joint and already a favorite among numerous regulars and repeat North Asheville patrons. 

The cities, towns and communities of Buncombe County are expanded by commerce. Some individuals leap into entrepreneurship taking on risks, working long hours, and adding their creativity. These individuals, like Bob Byron and their businesses, are the foundation of a stable economy.    

Rye KnotIn addition to running a successful business, Bob also supports the local community and various charities and also supports Asheville High School Football. 

Local Search Force, owners of the County Advisory Board, encourages consumers to shop local whenever possible! Looking for an outstanding restaurant and pub? Please give Rye Knot an opportunity to win your business by calling them at (828)575-2226 or contacting Bob at

Bob Byron, you are admired for your entrepreneurship, highly commended for owning and operating a business that adds financial well-being and stability of Buncombe County, and you are appreciated for your participation in social betterment activities. 


                             Well done Top Gun Bob Byron!

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If you are or know a business owners that wants to expand and would like to be spotlighted, find out if you and your business qualify by contacting Local Search Force at 727.888.5358 or visit us on the web by clicking HERE