Wake County, N.C. — Lindsay Rice is taking her love of wine and art to downtown Raleigh with Vita Vite, a wine bar and art gallery, in the warehouse district.
While wine and art can be intimidating for some, Rice is hoping to create an environment of "comfortable approachability." The 5,600 square foot former warehouse was converted into a rustic wine bar with fireplaces and comfortable couches overlooking art from 10 local and regional artists. All art is available for purchase and Rice said the setup is to help you imagine what the art would like like in your home.
The rustic yet modern vibe is in every detail of the space - from the metal and iron accents to and reclaimed bar wood and building's original beams in full display.
The wine bar will serve 20 wines and six craft beers. Seasonal selections will be available. Cheese plates and other small food options will be available in the future.
And if you want to do some shopping, Rice has gathered a nice collection of retail food items including Greek and Spanish extra virgin olive oils, hot sauce, bloody mary mix, flatbread crackers, cookies, pickles, cookbooks and more from family run, southern businesses.
There is also an event space in the back that would be perfect for private parties or receptions.
The name Vita Vite comes from the Italian words for “life” and “vine” – the idea of life revolving around wine and food, and how they bring people together. Rice came up with the name after a family trip to Italy.
Vita Vite, located at 313 W. Hargett St. across from Cafe de los Muertos, is hoping to open any day now. They are just awaiting their ABC permits, so stay tuned!
Vita Vite's hours will be Tuesday through Thursday noon to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday noon until midnight and on Sundays it will be open noon until 6 p.m.