The wait is over as Brewery Bhavana brings beer, dumplings to downtown Raleigh

What started as a collaboration among new friends and has evolved into Brewery Bhavana – a unique restaurant in downtown Raleigh with craft beer, dim sum, flower shop and bookstore – is opening tonight.

Vansana Nolintha, one of the three owners, said Brewery Bhavana will open at 5 p.m. with limited seating in the dining room to allow the kitchen time to ease into its menu of dim sum.

But, he said, the taproom is ready to go and will serve almost all of the beers created by owner and brewmaster Patrick Woodson. There also will be beers from Triangle breweries Trophy Brewing, Fullsteam Brewery and Ponysaurus Brewing.

“I’m feeling great,” said Nolintha Wednesday morning. He and his sister, Vanvisa Nolintha, own Bida Manda, a Laotian restaurant, next door. She is the third owner of Brewery Bhavana.

“We’re excited, we’re nervous, all the feelings,” he said. “It’s an important, meaningful project for us.”

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