The Kitchen [Next Door] will take sustainability seriously

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The Kitchen [Next Door] will have a local focus.
Last Friday we got a first look at the The Kitchen [Next Door], the third in the growing family of restaurants that started seven years ago when The Kitchen sprang to life on the west end of Pearl Street in Boulder. Partners Kimbal Musk and Hugo Matheson will open their new spot on June 9.

Like the two restaurants that came before, the Kitchen [Next Door] will emphasize sustainability. Musk's wife, Jen, is leading the transformation of the former Seven Eurobar-cum-Abo's Circle Bar into a space, built from sustainable materials, that will feel old even when it's new: Beetle-kill pine will surface the floors, reclaimed Douglas fir will top the bar, and hundred-year-old industrial stainless-steel windows will replace the garage doors that once lined Pearl Street in the front of the room.

Community manager Sara Brito describes the feel as "industrial warehouse": "This is where we make food, not just where food is served."

All ingredients for that food -- the menu will include such items as a shaved-lamb sandwich, vegan beet burger and garlic mashers (smashed fingerling potatoes dropped in the deep fryer and then coated in garlic butter), as well as the pork sandwich and tomato soup from the Kitchen -- will come from local farmers.

"It's prep-focused," explains Kimbal Musk. "We think that everyone would choose farm-to-table if they had the means and the time. We want [Next Door] to give the community an inexpensive farm-to-table option that someone could get even if they only had ten minutes for lunch."

The menu is being matched to an innovative beverage program as the restaurant tries to drastically reduce waste and recycling by serving everything on tap. Kegs of chardonnay, pinot noir and cabernet made specifically for the Kitchen will be supplemented by five domestically produced guest kegs; eleven Colorado brews will rotate into the taps not occupied by a proprietary Kitchen beer. And while natural sodas will pour from a tapline, spirits won't be on the menu -- at least not until the restaurant can get those in a barrel, too.

But that's not all the partners have plotted for [Next Door]. "We're trying to get really aggressive on the school garden side," explains Musk. "And we're about using the for-profit restaurant business to accelerate putting more gardens in more schools."

[Next Door] is taking responsibility for educating kids about good food, offering up a kids' menu of healthy choices that the restaurant has already tested on fifty Whittier fourth-graders; Brito says the pint-sized pork sandwich was the biggest hit.

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Location Info

The Kitchen Next Door

1035 Pearl St., Boulder, CO

Category: Restaurant

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fraggle303
fraggle303

Thanks to The Kitchen [next door] for making the effort towards sustainability and for providing healthy, vegan options. Sometimes it feels like a handicap, when all I want is clean healthy food! Thanks for making your restaurant "accessible" and enjoyable for all... now, about the garlic butter, can I get the mashed potatoes before that? ;)

Dishpr
Dishpr

the kitchen has been open for seven years.

GFTW
GFTW

No spirits... how ridiculous. Gee, hope they're getting all their products shipped by "sustainable" horse and buggy. And reusing insulation containing asbestos.

arinewman
arinewman

looking forward to the opening. Food in this town just keeps getting better! 

Sam Shaw
Sam Shaw

uh oh, the lack of spirits just crushed it for this guy... now he's reduced to making stupid jokes about asbestos. seriously though, these guys are approaching the serious debate we need about the food served in public schools and sadly, your mired on the fact that their isnt hard alcohol, grow up. 

GFTW
GFTW

Giving up hard alcohol to "save teh planet" just isn't worth it.

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