Bida Manda

The inspiring story of Van Nolintha, a member of the Schedulefly community

Van Nolintha is in Raleigh, N.C. and owns Bida Manda with his sister, Vanvisa. The term “bida manda” is the Sanskrit ceremonial term for father and mother, so the restaurant was named to honor their parents, who instilled a love of food in Van and Vanvisa and taught them that food can bring people together. […]

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"I never thought I’d open a restaurant"

Van Nolintha began applying for jobs at the height of the recession after finishing both undergraduate school and graduate school. He was turned down nearly 300 times, so he and his younger sister, Vanvisa, returned to his home country, Laos, to reconnect with their roots. Returning home reminded him that much of his early life […]

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