Restaurant Opening: The Kitchen [NEXT DOOR]

by Grace Boyle on June 14, 2011

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I’ve always been a loyal customer at The Kitchen and The Kitchen [UPSTAIRS]. Their food is organic, they continually give back locally, their food is farm fresh and it’s a go-to date night.

Today, The Kitchen [NEXT DOOR] opened their doors as the third restaurant (literally, next door from The Kitchen) from co-owners Hugo Matheson and Kimbal Musk. In a prime location downtown on Pearl Street and 11th, [NEXT DOOR] offers a more casual and quick food experience, while making farm-to-table accessible in their French Industrial interior, gastro-pub.

A wonderful view, with open air dining at the street view bar. Jodi of I Cook, He Drinks bites into the beet burger.

Highlights and my favorite parts about The Kitchen [NEXT DOOR]:

  • All wine and beer are on tap and are organic. With 8 beers and 8 wines, the beer have a  Colorado focus and the wines are The Kitchen wine where they worked with wineries to blend their own. The wines are largely from California but there are some Colorado wines on tap (namely, a Riesling from Dill Farm).
  • The community style seating. There’s a large wooden table for community seating, inside and outside bar seats, tall bar tables and even comfortable booths in back. This provides ample seating, in a space that doesn’t feel big or lacking character.
  • Recycled and eco-friendly materials. The wooden floor of the restaurant is re-purposed beetle kill from the Rocky Mountains and the windows and light fixtures were resourced. Having the wines and beers on tap eliminates building up on multiple bottles and cans.
  • Family friendly. They readily are looking to welcome families to [NEXT DOOR], seeing as The Kitchen Upstairs as a lounge/bar and The Kitchen as fine dining, they’re truly filling a need to welcome families and larger groups. Even children that come in and order a kids portion, part of that is specifically donated to their garden to school programs.
  • They truly give back. I went to the soft-opening for family, friends and press yesterday and 100% of proceeds on both soft-opening days went to creating gardens in local schools, part of The Kitchen’s non-profit arm. They raised over $12,000 on these two days to give back. In creating a sustainable and healthy environment, they believe in giving back to the causes that mean the most to them. I was and am continually touched by this. Learn more here.
  • Everything under $9! You heard me right. Accessible, delicious food that is truly affordable and built around giving back.

Here’s a highlight of what I ordered:

Beet burger with feta, balsamic onions and arugula. $6.95.

Mushroom loaf with tomato sauce and arugula. $6.95. Sides of: garlic smashers (crispy potatoes $2.95) and bean and potato soup $3.95.

Veggie antipasti plate with a medley of beans and grilled bread. $8.95

For dessert we had the ice cream sandwich $3.95 and chocolate mousse $5.95.

I’m still floored that they offer such quality, farm-to-table cuisine in which you will probably receive in less than ten minutes in a beautiful atmosphere. I work downtown so I can’t wait to have work meetings there and even stop by for some to-go dishes. I was satisfied with the meal and the perfect simplicity of the flavors and dishes.

I tell people it’s a Boulder must because of the variety, the taste of local, the welcoming atmosphere and the price. Seriously, you cannot lose.

Find them:

Twitter: @TheKitchenCafe



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Bing Chou June 15, 2011 at 6:29 am

Great to see places like The Kitchen and Frasca opening up more accessible variations on their fine dining – it’s rare that I want to devote an evening to fine dining, but it’s just about every day that I’m looking for fresh, locally sourced food.

Looking forward to trying out The Kitchen [NEXT DOOR] . Especially the ice cream sandwich.


Grace Boyle June 15, 2011 at 8:49 am

I agree, Bing! I love how the ice cream sandwich was all wrapped up.

It’s the same quality food that you get at The Kitchen or The Kitchen Upstairs but all under $9. It made me giddy just to be in there and I’m also glad that they will be open for drinks and food later in the evening, as well. Nice additions to Boulder, eh?


la domestique June 15, 2011 at 8:53 am

I’m excited about their beverage program and looking forward to trying the Kitchen wine blends. It’s always neat to see the personality of a restaurant in a wine they helped create.


grace June 15, 2011 at 1:18 pm

Agreed! I’m looking forward to a new place to land for an evening drink.


Alex Haar June 15, 2011 at 8:54 am

Man, loving Boulder more every day. The Kitchen is one of our favorite places and being able to eat at The Kitchen [NEXT DOOR] with our son along will be awesome. The food in your pics looks seriously delicious!


grace June 15, 2011 at 1:22 pm

Totally feeling you, Boulder is doing it up. It is so kid friendly, there are even vegetable magnets on a large wall where you can build different vegetable people just for the kids. They also have vegetable mustaches to donate to charity for building gardens in schools. Super cool.


Chelsea Talks Smack June 15, 2011 at 12:08 pm



grace June 15, 2011 at 1:24 pm

Chels, you will love it!


carly June 18, 2011 at 1:17 pm

Grace, your blog is seriously the biggest taste bud tease (and general tease) I can manage!

I’m way too far away to consummate my love for all food things you blog, do you have any fave culinary bloggers in Boston?


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