Reader: Is there a business selling righteous indignation in LoHi?

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Lola was one of the first to pioneer the neighborhood newly dubbed LoHi.
Restaurants and bars keep coming into LoHi -- but what does the neighborhood really need? Parking, for sure, says Philo99: "It's a great place to party but has become a terrible place to live."

But does it really need a fast-casual spot, as one reader suggests?

See also:
- Reader: 55 spots in LoHi, and not a fast-casual restaurant to be found
- LoHi goes from 22 bars and restaurants to 55 -- in just six years

Not according to eyeroll:


For those complaining about not being able to walk to a restaurant in order to get a bowl or tortilla full of rice: some might say that you could walk your butt into your kitchen, put some water and rice in a pot, turn a knob on your stove and shortly have a bowl of rice you could then smother in salsa, soy sauce, or what have you. I suppose that would require you to find a new source of righteous indignation, however. Too much effort - unless there's a locally owned business selling righteous indignation within walking distance.

For more discussion of LoHi, fast-casual joints and the fact that you can get take-out from just about any restaurant, see the conversation already under way here.



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Lola

1575 Boulder St., Denver, CO

Category: Restaurant

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david.m.roth
david.m.roth

Hey Eyeroll, why are you reading a blog on restaurants in Colorado if your suggesion is to cook at home?  You know, some of us actually work and sometimes we don't have time to spend the time to cook.  Sometimes we don't want to cook.  Sometimes we want to eat something that we don't cook.  Here's to hoping that Chipotle or something fills the spot next to Masterpiece just to spite your ignorance. 

eyeroll
eyeroll

Oooh, you must own stock. 

thespot84
thespot84

Firstly, wow do you guys know how to miss the point. The parenthetical "locally owned" was a jab. Subtle, I'll admit, but a jab nonetheless. It does feel like there's a requirement to be, well, 'boulder-ish' in this neighborhood, but who cares? It works. There's a reason the city flocks here for the restaurants, but for those of us who live here, we need our basic services too.

I and many other people moved into this neighborhood because we like having services we want close to home. I moved here from the hellhole that was prospect park/ballpark where a 17 minute walk would net you a view of train tracks in any direction. Now I have myriad restaurants and coffee shops, even a community garden, all within a solid 9-iron's distance. Few places in the city can claim as much.

Now having been here for years I do appreciate what being a 'locally owned' neighborhood is all about. The more locally owned businesses the better, except when they start duplicating each other and cannibalizing each others' sales. In cottage industries, much like biology, there's a concept of 'carrying capacity', and we're getting really close to that, I can tell you.

But for you, eyeroll: Have you ever eaten at a fast casual restaurant? Did you enjoy it? Well if you have, then shame on you for having wants, and desires. I think the righteous indignation should be reserved for the people telling other's what they need and how to live their lives. If you're too good for fast casual food, then I suppose the source of self-righteousness is all but apparent. 

"If you want something make it yourself"? Holy Adam Smith, Batman! Where the hell have you been for the last few hundred years. That's not how markets work. Montonat got it right, it's an economics question, and for all the naysayers don't be surprised to see something a little faster and a little more casual than Masterpiece Deli (a favorite, I admit) in the hood soon as construction continues. As for me, I'll continue bitching about MY neighborhood as I please, from a place of love, of course.

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