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Asheville’s Cultura Welcomes Diners Back to Explore Its Verdant Interiors

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After being closed for over two years, one of Asheville’s most innovative and aesthetically seductive restaurants recently reopened with a renewed vigor for sustainability. Before walking into Cultura (147 Coxe Avenue, Asheville), from the team behind Wicked Weed Brewing, a mural depicting a verdant landscape with voluptuous coral peonies by local artist Charlotte White sets the tone for visitors.

Inside, foeders, giant barrels used in Europe to age wine and shipped to Wicked Weed for beer production, are repurposed as wall decor, a planter, and two private booths in the dining room.

A lush profusion of plants on the floor and on shelves turns the dining room into a serene green cocoon. Duck, deer, rabbit, and parrot heads, by artist Evan Kafka, gaze at diners from their frames; collages by Elizabeth Bates cover another wall.

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