Reader: If Frasca is a "neighborhood" restaurant, the term is obsolete

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Neighborhood spot?
What defines a neighborhood restaurant these days? That's what Gretchen Kurtz asked yesterday, after eating several meals at Central Bistro & Bar for this week's review (which will be posted here later today). Chef Lance Bardo, who opened Central in July, wanted to create a "gathering place" for the hot LoHi neighborhood -- but the food is attracting people from around town.

Is the term "neighborhood" now obsolete when it comes to dining?

See also:
- What defines a neighborhood restaurant in Denver these days?

- Frasca: Best High-End Neighborhood Restaurant 2009

Says NoBoBear:

Requisite Frasca reference for the day: they too are "neighborhood," says so on their homepage.

"Neighborhood" and "destination" are obsolete terms (ala. "record player" etc.). Very suburbia terms: "destination" being trip into the big city to visit the restaurant with a name starting with "Le" and everything served under Sterling silver.

In an era when people find fresh good food coming from the back of a truck, people getting less interested in having to put on a suit and tie to go to dinner, higher expectations by consumers, more knowledgeable of "other" cuisines, slow economy, restaurants are noticing these trends and the lines are blurring.

If Frasca is a "neighborhood" restaurant, does that term still have any real meaning?

Location Info

Central Bistro & Bar

1691 Central St., Denver, CO

Category: Restaurant

Frasca Food and Wine

1738 Pearl St., Boulder, CO

Category: Restaurant

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As Navin Johnson said, "I'm somebody!". 

To steal from the Nadine Donovan doing pastry at Old Major post, "neighborhood" has morphed into "informal fine dining", what with wood-fire pizza places, burger joints peddling $15+ entrees these days, not a big stretch into the $20-35 entree prices many of these neo-neighborhood places charge. 

All fits in with my thinking Americans are a lot more sophisticated re: food these days and we are a car society and have no issue driving to some place (especially when trapped in a suburb/development where there is nothing but chains to eat at). Variety, spice of life thing.

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