NOTE – As of August 28th, 2012 World Cafe closed their doors and is no longer open. You can read the closing report on Westword here. I won’t be deleting this post, for the sake of archiving and Boulder food history, but please note it is closed.
What once was Cuvee, a wine bar on West Pearl, has recently reopened and rebranded as World Cafe today.
World Cafe has the same owner (Ralph Reutimann) but feels this is more aligned with his vision to create community in a space that’s more devoted to healthy food and gathering.
The wine list remains the same (which I was disappointed to learn, it really wasn’t different or innovative), but they’ve expanded to offer breakfast, lunch and dinner (tapas-style) with an international flare. The food torch is led by Executive Chef, Ali Metzger.
They’re carrying a lot of local products including Conscious Coffee at their new coffee and espresso bar, which is a big change to the aesthetics as it changed the interior. The walls are lighter and they have more seating available. They do not plan to have live music, like Cuvee did.
You can expect to find food like chicken curried couscous with currants and cashews ($6), roasted pork on a crostini with jalapaneo and orange on top of manchego cheese ($4) and bison bolognese with polenta, mozarella and parmesan ($6). None of their dishes are more than $10 because everything is tapas-style and meant to be shared, which I really enjoyed.
The food was far superior than it used to be and the flavors were carefully crafted and interesting.
When sitting with Ralph at their opening party, he noted he wouldn’t allow any laptops in World Cafe. My opinion is that this is a strong assertion because cafe’s invite people to work and engage (in whatever way they may want) but it’s his place so if you want to work there, it’s not the spot for you.
World Cafe has a team of co-creators who are focusing on bringing together niches and groups whether it’s a round table, a forum or even a group business gathering within the restaurant. This is Ralph’s biggest dream and he wants to be of service to people and bring them together, over food and wine.
I’m looking forward to trying World Cafe’s new menu whether at breakfast, lunch, happy hour or dinner. It seems like an interesting concept and I’m hoping they invite more of a younger crowd (I’m usually the youngest person in there by 20+ years) because they have a cool space.
Hours: Open 8am-10pmBreakfast: 8-11:30amLunch: 11:30-4Happy Hour: 4-6:30pDinner: 6:30-10p