Last week on October 10th, Volta opened its doors in the space that Alba occupied in Boulder’s Village Shopping Center. Volta, a Mediterranean restaurant, reopened with new owners Jon and Eleni Deering. Their Executive Chef is Thomas d’Aquin of Denver’s Greek restaurant Axios Estiatorio.
Admittedly, I never went to Alba in my five years of living in Boulder, but always saw it across the way from McGuckins, a bit off the beaten path. You know when favorite restaurants are mentioned over and over by friends and restaurant talkers? Alba never came up in those conversations, so I’m excited to see this space regenerated.
Jon and Eleni are no strangers to the restaurant world. I immediately recognized Jon as he managed front of the house and/or served as beverage manager at many restaurants around town including Chautauqua Dining Hall, Colterra, Salt Bistro, Sunflower, Restaurant 4580 and Black Cat. Eleni, born in Greece, grew up in the restaurant industry and also worked the front of the house at Black Cat.
They plan to bring a whole new wine collection to the restaurant, and the new locally sourced menu will change weekly. There’s also plans to offer a nightly Chef’s Surprise Tasting that will include three and six-course options with wine pairings. Visually, the space has been regenerated and updated, as well.
They have a really attractive bar and modern high-top tables with sleek, low backed white chairs to fill for those dining for happy hour or just to have a drink. I could tell they were well stocked and the cocktail list was inventive – built with the “mixologist” theme in mind.
I attended their soft opening and was intrigued by the Mediterranean inspired menu. Many of the seafood dishes were incredible and although there were kinks with the service and food – that’s to be expected as it was one of their first nights. Perhaps it’s too soon to tell their successes or how the service and menu will even out, but I’m excited to watch this all star team take off with a new restaurant in Boulder. They definitely have the right ingredients for success and I’ll be back.
Volta will be open every day for brunch from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., happy hour from 4 to 5:30 p.m., and dinner from 5:30 to 10 p.m. They plan to offer Sunday brunch, late night entertainment and Sunday Greek nights in the future, as well.