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When Boulder classic Tom’s Tavern closed leaving open a prime corner spot on Pearl Street, Bradford Heap, owner of the successful Niwot restaurant Colterra, jumped on the chance to open a second spot in Boulder. He has refurbished the place with Salt the Bistro, giving it an earthy feel, but kept the historic aspects of the building and recycled elements of the community throughout the design (for example, doors from Casey Middle School serve as tables). Heap also pays homage to the former occupant by dubbing his burger the Tom’s Tavern Burger. Like Colterra, Salt is farm-to-table, and Heap draws from local growers for the constantly changing seasonal menu, calling them out on his menu. A wood-fire oven plays a central role to many of the dishes, including a pasta and flatbread, and small details like house-made ketchup and French press coffee are consistent with Salt’s stated desire to be “a comfortable blend of neighborhood and fun.” Pre-prohibition cocktails and a moderately-priced wine list round out the dining experience, which, besides the dining room, might take place on a pleasant wrap-around patio during the summer, or in Salt’s basement.
Recommended dishes: Ratatouille, Tom’s Tavern Burger, fries (with house-made ketchup)
Open for lunch and dinner, brunch on the weekends
Salt the Bistro
1047 Pearl Street
Boulder, CO 80302
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