Yesterday Dan and Kristen Cofrades opened Early Bird restaurant, their breakfast/lunch spot in Westminster. The place was inspired by their four-year-old daughter, Izzy; not only was she born prematurely (early), but they also wanted to have a business that closed early in the day so that they could spend more time with her.
|Photos by Natalie Gonzalez|
|Dan and Kristen Cofrades outside the Early Bird.|
The opening coincided with Izzy's first day of school, so it was definitely a monumental day for the Cofrades family. But judging from the reception that Early Bird received, it was a big day for Westminster, as well. Dan and Kristen want their place to combine a big-city vibe with small-town friendliness, and they've apparently succeeded. "It is really nice to have [a restaurant like this] here because they're usually just in Boulder," said Jacqui Maes, a former Westminster resident there on opening day. "This is how Colorado should be."
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Sydney Joung, who does PR and marketing, worked with a family friend to decorate the space and make sure it had the right feng shui. The red-and-black color scheme, combined with white, chalk-like drawings along the upper walls and ceilings, gives the restaurant a modern, streamlined feel. An open kitchen allows customers to see what's happening behind the scenes, and also keeps the restaurant accessible and inviting.
|Izzy, the original bite-size "early bird."|
|The writing's on the wall: "Welcome Friends." |
Dan Cofrades describes the Early Bird's food as "very simple, honest, not pretentious and made with a lot of care." But while the menu looks simple, it is definitely not boring. Essentially an omelet made with air-filled eggs, the "risers" are light yet filling. The Bradburn risers top off the eggs with arugula and fresh tomatoes, which play off the basil and ham filling.
|The Bradburn risers.|
Early Bird also makes its own housemade apricot-nectarine jam, hot sauce and ketchup.
|House-made apricot-nectarine jam, hot sauce and ketchup.|
11940 Bradburn Blvd., Westminster, CO