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Raleigh’s History Brought Back to The Community - Vault Craft Beer Now Open
Raise your glasses for Downtown Raleigh's newest business at Vault Craft Beer. This taproom pours a rotating list of craft beers and serves as a community gathering space with its ample patio seating.

Vault Craft Beer is settled between The Raleigh Convention Center and historic Boylan Heights neighborhood. The building was constructed in 1957. You’ve probably driven by, but never noticed the building at 518 W. South St. 
Acclaimed architect F. Carter Williams, FAIA, designed the building for the First National Bank. At the time, it was one of the first 'drive-thru' banks in Raleigh. 

The current owners used the building's original plans to restore and preserve its sleek, mid-century modern architecture.

The photo below of the bank’s lobby in 1957 is the inspiration for the mid-century modern interior of Vault Craft Beer. It was re-built with the ceiling overhang and the space is flooded with light by new floor to ceiling windows.

Instead of a teller counter, Vault Craft Beer has 16 taps for draft beer. They also have two large built-in coolers with cold beer to purchase and take home. Click Here for Menu 
How it Began - Back in spring of 2016, Greg Kelly started search for a new location to operate his company Modbox USA. With the help of commercial real estate agent Carter Worthy, Greg and Laura Kelly set out to find the perfect building with some historic character. After only a few minutes at the 40’s Gulf gas station and 50’s drive-thru bank, they said, yes, this is it!

With a love of craft beer, and having started the Percolator Coffeehouse in Greenville, NC back in the mid-1990s, Greg and Laura decided to start Vault Craft Beer. Thus preserving the history and architecture of this little drive thru bank in Raleigh.
Greg met Vault business partner Erik Kern during his biweekly trips to pickup fabricated mailboxes. Greg and Erik would talk about life, business, and yes Vault. A friendship was formed.

Original digital copies of vellum, pencil drawings, and B&W photos were used to guide restoration. From clean lines, ’floor to ceiling’ windows, exposed brick, and modern aesthetic this building has “real character”. 

The “little bank” building has served the community for over 60 years. Vault’s goal was to restore and preserve the historically relevant building by creating a community gathering place. 
The old canopy over the bank’s main entrance on the East Elevation has been restored and a new canopy that mirrors the design has been constructed on the West side where the drive-thru lane used to be. This allows for additional outdoor seating where families and friends (yes, dogs too) can enjoy a cool beverage. There will be a spot for food trucks (that plug-in, no generators) at the back of Vault. 

A Salvaged Safe Door - The original Herring Hall-Marvin Safe door which was used for the nightly depository box now has a new home. Vault Craft Beer took the door off its housing quite some time ago but even farther back in time the safe was used for the two banks that called this building home: First National Bank and North Carolina National Bank. 

They kept this door for a while not knowing where to put in but after seeing the West Elevation seating and the new planters they decided to showcase the safe door in the garden on the West end near where the food trucks will park. (See photo).
Vault Craft Beer - 518 West South Street, Raleigh 27601. Email:, Website
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Feast of the East at Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park
The Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park’s signature fundraising event. Feast of the East is Friday, April 29th from 7-10pm. This is a night of live music, fresh oysters and other favorite foods from eastern NC, and cocktails, beer and wine. Click Here to purchase tickets. Raffle tickets also available for several great items, including a Vollis Simpson whirligig, donated by Allen and Lynette Thomas.

In 2019, Feast of the East held its inaugural fundraising dinner featuring a night of live music, delicious food, and beer & wine at one of the most distinctive venues in all of North Carolina, the Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park. The response was so positive that they have decided to make it our annual signature event.
Happy One Year Anniversary to The Whirligig Park Museum that opened to the public a year ago and since then have had so much fun, heard heartwarming stories about Vollis and best of all, have been able to celebrate Vollis and his amazing whirligigs with so many wonderful visitors from so many different places.

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Feast of the East - Friday, April 29, 2022 at 7pm-10pm. Get your tickets here
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