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Team behind Brewery Bhavana and Bida Manda plan new restaurant at The Dillon

Site sells on Cabarrus

Seaboard Wine Tasting (10/26)

Renovations near Moore Square

SmokeStacks Cafe grand opening

Zambrero coming to One Glenwood

Work begins on Standard Beer and Food

Hope Jam Benefit Concert at North Hills this Thursday (10/24)

NC Museum of History Halloween Party October 31st

Other News

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Luang Prabang Coming To The Dillon

Make your reservations now, Raleigh. The team behind Brewery Bhavana and Bida Manda are planning to open a new restaurant in the Warehouse District next year. The N&O’s Drew Jackson reported on the team’s plan to open Luang Prabang, a Laotian grill and garden bar, on the ninth floor of The Dillon.

Vanvisa and Van Nolintha and business partner Patrick Woodson (head brewer at Brewery Bhavana) shared the following details about the new project:

“Our menu celebrates the lush flavors of Northern Laos, the centerpiece of which is a traditional charcoal grill, honoring the adventurous eats found at the night market along the jasmine-scented streets of Luang Prabang. It is a love letter to the place we come from and a celebration of the curiosity found in the heart of a mindful traveler.”

Luang Prabang, named after the Nolintha’s hometown in Laos, will have a 5,000 square foot dining room, along with a large terrace bar outside. An Instagram account for the restaurant already has over 1,300 followers.

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October 21, 2019 Good morning family and friends, It is with hopeful and grateful hearts we share with you that we are embarking on a new journey—Luang Prabang, our Laotian grill and garden bar, at the stunning rooftop terrace of The Dillon! Thank you for the generosity, love, and trust you have nurtured us since our door first opened at Bida Manda many years ago. We are humbled, inspired, and so excited to share this moment with you. Named after our hometown along the Mekong River where our journeys began, Luang Prabang is an inviting gathering place, overlooking the open horizon of our city. A celebration of the hopefulness, passion, and spirit of the people who make up Raleigh. Our thoughtful bar menu is a balance of creativity and restraint. Each drink is about the places we love, the people we care about, and the inspirations we try to live by. Whether it is a 19th-century cocktail recipe or one of our own whimsical creations, we hope our offering serves as an invitation to many conversations and moments of connection between you and the people you love. Our menu celebrates the lush flavors of Northern Laos, the centerpiece of which is a traditional charcoal grill, honoring the adventurous eats found at the night market along the jasmine-scented streets of Luang Prabang. It is a love letter to the place we come from and a celebration of the curiosity found in the heart of a mindful traveler. Luang Prabang is not just a place, but a state of mind. We look forward to having you at our rooftop garden for a drink, a meal, and a conversation. We can’t wait to hear about your Luang Prabang. With love and gratitude, Vanvisa, Patrick, Van, and your entire Bida Manda and Brewery Bhavana family🙏🏾 (Please follow our journey including our trip to Luang Prabang to visit our family and to gain inspirations at Stunning sunrise shot by @oakcitydylan

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In the words of Bonner Gaylord, we could not be more excited about this.

Cabarrus Site Sells to Maverick Partners

A Durham developer has bought up property on Cabarrus Street in Raleigh’s growing Warehouse District. A subsidiary linked to Maverick Partners paid just under $3 million for the three parcels at 401 W. Cabarrus, 505 S. West Street, and 510 S. Harrington. 

City Council approved a rezoning case for the site back in July that increased the number of allowed stories from five to twelve. The case was filed by the developer of the nearby Fairweather condos, who ended up selling the property.

While Maverick has not announced their plans for the site, the rezoning case noted that a mix of hotel, residential, and some small retail with 3-4 levels of parking was planned. We wouldn’t be surprised if they stuck with those plans.  

Seaboard Wine Tasting 10/26

Our friends at Seaboard Wine at HighPark Village are hosting a free wine tasting this Saturday from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm featuring special guest Neal Thornton from Sour Grapes Importers.

Wednesday, October 23rd, they’re hosting a Brunello Class with owner Alberto Passeri from Fattoria La Gerla in Montalcino, Italy. The class starts at 7:00 pm and tickets are $20. Reservations can be made here.

Friday, November 8th – there are 4 bar seats left for the Cru Beaujolais class. Call the store at 919-831-0850 for reservations.


Renovations Planned for Historic 135 E. Martin

The owners of a 119-year-old building across from Moore Square plan to spruce up the exterior. The proposed renovations include altering the storefront, adding new canopies, expanding the second-floor lobby, and a new coat of paint. 

The two-story brick building at 135 East Martin was first constructed between 1910-1914, and has been home to a variety of tenants over the years, including the Martin Street Pharmacy (1920s), Capital Furniture & Appliances (1960s), O2 Fitness (2010s), and now the Bordeaux Construction Company. 

Per the application filed with the Historic Development Commission, it remains typical of many buildings in the Moore Square District: “simple, two-story painted brick with a projecting cornice over the storefront alluding to the Italianite influence.”

Designed by Clearscapes Architects, we imagine that, should the plan be approved by the City’s Historic Development Commission, the aesthetic upgrades will serve as an excellent companion to the newly renovated Moore Square. 


SmokeStacks Cafe Open In Oakwood

A new restaurant featuring smoked meats recently held its official grand opening in Oakwood. Located at 701 E Lane, SmokeStacks features full-service brunch and dinner, which can be enjoyed either indoors or on the restaurant’s outdoor patio.

There will be a variety of smoked meats available, along with wine and cheese. If you’re unfamiliar with smoked meats, here’s Mark Zuckerberg with more info.

For a full breakdown on the restaurant, including the history of the brother and sister pair behind it, check out Convergence’s writeup

Zambrero Coming Soon To One Glenwood

Work is now underway on the latest tenant for the One Glenwood development: the quick-service Mexican chain Zambrero. 

The restaurant, which centers around “fresh and healthy” ingredients, features vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options. The menu options won’t surprise anybody: burritos, bowls, tacos, quesadillas and the like, but we’d be lying if we said the website’s featured photos didn’t have our mouths watering. 

Interior completion work for the space is being handled by local contracting firm Culver Building Company. We aren’t sure of an exact opening date, but would guess work should be done by early 2020.

Work Begins On Standard Beer And Food

A little over a year after the April 2018 closure of Standard Foods, a popular restaurant/grocery and butcher shop, it was announced that the owners of Bond Brothers would be re-opening the space as Standard Beer and Food. 

In June 2019, the News & Observer reported that Whit Baker and Andy Schnitzer had been looking for a location adjacent to “communities [that would] support it.”

“We’re getting rid of the market and adding the brewery function, but we’re keeping the philosophy of regional producers and artisans,” Schnitzer told the News & Observer at the time. “The food program will not be the same. It’ll be more casual, but not your traditional brewpub.”

The pair said any renovations to the space at 205 E. Franklin Street would be minor; adding some brewery equipment, a new coat of paint, etc. As minor as that work may be, it still required permits to proceed. Those permits were issued earlier this month to G&G Builders. We expect the new space will be open by the first quarter of 2020.

Hope Jam Concert At North Hills Oct. 24th

Hope Jam Raleigh will host a benefit concert featuring Mama’s Love THIS Thursday at North Hills. Local bands Midnight Snack and Steamroom Etiquette will kick off the show, which starts at 6:00 pm at the Coastal Credit Union Midtown Park.

The concert will support Bahamian victims of Hurricane Dorian. Note: Billy McFarland IS NOT INVOLVED with this. Hope Jam was created by Raleigh residents Kallie and Locke Walker and is run by a board of local young professionals who were struck by the devastation in the Bahamas after Hurricane Dorian.

Tickets to the concert are on sale now at for $25 ($30 at the door). All proceeds go to the Caribbean Youth Network. This is a family-friendly concert where kids under age 10 are admitted free of charge. Alcohol will be available for purchase during the event and food trucks will offer a variety of dinner options.

NC Museum Of History Spooktacular Soiree

Reminder: The Spooktacular Soiree will be held at the NC Museum of History on Thursday, Oct. 31st from 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm.

The event will feature a costume contest in the following categories: most historically accurate, funniest, and scariest. Attendees will enjoy live music, food, beer, and a speciality cocktail. More info available here.

Tickets are $35 for members of the museum ($45 for non-members). Money raised from this event directly supports the NC Museum of History.

Other News

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Jack The Radio Releasing New Album

Jack the Radio is putting out a new album after taking a four year hiatus. The Raleigh based band has set up a Kickstarter to help with creating their fourth studio album. They’ll spend the next few months recording and mixing the album with a planned release date of May 2020.

From the Kickstarter: We need your support to follow through with creating our fourth studio album with inspired new tunes about change, resilience, and rebirth. We’re back after a nearly four year hiatus with a new four-piece line-up. The band has spent the last few years working on other projects, but we are finally ready to introduce you to our new rhythm section and bring you into the process of making the new album, CREATURES.

We are excited to have you join us as we enter a new era of Jack the Radio. George has been busy writing new material, and we are all set to bring the songs to life with the band. The band has started recording with seasoned engineer Al Jacob at Warrior Sound in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. In addition we’ll be bringing in some amazing guest musicians and guest singers for some never-before-heard collaborations.

Over the years, its been amazing opening for bands like Hall & Oates, George Thorogood, and The Avett Brothers in the past, and hearing our music on TV shows and commercials like Modern Family, Boardwalk Empire, and No Reservations. We can’t wait to see where CREATURES takes us next and we are thrilled to have you join us on this musical journey!

New food coming to RDU

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