Bodhi Thai Dining offers exquisite ambiance

Bodhi Thai Dining. Photos by Karamie Sullivan, Nivid Tipvaree

Lexington has welcomed another new business into its Main Street district.

Bodhi Thai Dining held a grand opening Tuesday afternoon. The 105-year-old building on East Main Street that formerly housed BB&T, has since been transformed into the new Bodhi Thai.

According to General Manager Tim Brown, it took some extensive redesigning to create what has become the final product.

Brown and the owner, Chef Nivit Tipvaree considered a few different areas in the Midlands for their new venture.

“We thought about Harbison, we thought about Lexington, Ballentine, Chapin, and the Sandhills area,” he said. “But when the chef saw this building he said ‘no’ this was it.”

Bodhi offers a slightly more formal dining style, with dramatic uplighting on the main wall, that is made up of vertically billowed fabric. The old bank vault has been transformed into a wine cellar. All customers can experience food and wine pairing suggestions during the dinner hours, upon request. Brown said the fine dining feel of the restaurant sets it aside from other Thai places in the area.

“Some people have said, ‘oh my gosh, I feel like I’m in New York,” he said. “We get a lot of great comments about the ambiance.”

Additionally, Chef Nivit’s dinner entrees are hand-crafted with precision, to present a visually appealing dish. “It’s art on a plate,” said Brown. He described their lunch options as traditional Thai, but dinner is where things get “fancier.” “You’re getting authentic Thai flavors, but you’re getting it in an upscale plating,” he said.

The restaurant is open Tuesday through Saturday for lunch, 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Dinner is offered Tuesday and Wednesday from 5 to 9 p.m., and Thursday through Saturday from 5 to 10 p.m. The restaurant can hold up to a total of 67-69 customers.

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