Dobrá Tea heads west

WESTWARD EXPANSION: Dobra Tea co-owners Andrew Snavely and Lindsay Thomas plan to open a West Asheville location on Haywood Road on June 21, the summer solstice. Xpress file photo

Dobrá Tea will soon join the booming scene in West Asheville. Befitting of a company that draws inspiration from the change of seasons, the new location at 707 Haywood Road is slated to open on June 21, the summer solstice. Owners Andrew Snavely and Lindsay Thomas are eager to introduce their newest project to Asheville. “We are really grateful for the community being really excited and sharing our excitement,” says Thomas.

The tea room will boast it’s own unique style that draws on the rich vibe that West Asheville has to offer. “We have dubbed it ‘Bombay meets Tokyo.’ It is going to be very funky. We want to run with what the community has already set over there, that very progressive, very artsy, very funky style,” says Thomas. The location will feature drop-floor seating — customers will sit on the floor, but the space beneath the table will be carved out so feet rest one level down. The new space will also embrace a specific design theme. “Our architecture and windows will be very circular. The brew area is kind of a half moon, and the windows will all be circles,” says Thomas.

The West Asheville Dobrá Tea will offer a wider array of snacks than at the downtown and Black Mountain locations, but the menu is still in the planning stages. “We are very excited about expanding our food menu over there. We are not exactly sure what that looks like yet, but we are going to be offering a more expansive menu,” says Thomas.

Thomas says she feels grateful to have a supportive staff to assist her and Snavely during the transition. “We have some really strong managers that are completely on board to take on more responsibility. We’re delegating responsibilities so that we have enough energy to feed all three tea rooms and make it all happen and continue to be happy.”

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About Jacqui Castle
Jacqui Castle is a freelance writer who began contributing to Mountain Xpress in 2014. When she is not writing, she is living it up in the Fairview mountains with her family of four.

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