First Look: Food at the Riverside joining the Boulder scene

All photos by Nate Hemmert
Food at the Riverside will soon serve by the river.
When the venerable John's closed on Pearl Street, Corey Buck, the chef/owner for over ten years, just kept rolling -- right over to the future Food at the Riverside, which will soon open as part of a cooperative office space/events center at 1724 Broadway, right by Boulder Creek. There's no set opening date yet -- which is understandable, given the last few weeks in Boulder -- but the owners are looking at mid-October.

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The patio was four inches away from being breached during the floods.
"Because of the floods, all the city inspections have been pushed back. So we're waiting on them and a few contractors," says David Nestler, one of the owners of Food at the Riverside.

Food at the Riverside will be the third component at the collaborative space, which already includes Fuse, an open-layout work and meeting environment, and Agora, an event-hosting space for performance and private events that made its big debut at last month's Boulder Fringe Festival.

Buck will be serving up breakfast and lunch for both the inhabitants of the space and neighbors. "The food will all be sourced locally and seasonally, so the menu is going to change regularly," says Nestler. "There's a lot of quality-driven food that's going to be served."

The dining area is designed as a casual cafe.

And there's still more to come for the space. Early next year, the owners plan to open The Cellar, a full-service restaurant in the downstairs area with an emphasis on wine and food pairing.

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Agora at the Riverside

1724 Broadway, Boulder, CO

Category: General

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I want to know how they will overcome the parking issues (as in, there isn't any).  If they can do that, and the food is good, then I think they'll do well.  It's a fantastic patio, the problem has always been that there's nowhere nearby to park and there's little walk-in traffic because they're on Broadway a couple of blocks from all of the foot traffic on Pearl.


It's the best patio in Boulder, and it's a shame that there hasn't been anything viable in that spot in years.  For that reason alone, I hope that they succeed.


@monopod There really isn't a parking issue at the building, only a parking perception issue.  There are more than 500 spaces within 1.5 blocks, which is a greater parking density than most of downtown.  People can and regularly do handle walking that far to their destination.  The building had an 85-year history of success prior to the last 15 years, which is all most people know.  The problem has been crappy concepts, not parking.  


@Bagwhan    So far, this is a let down in standards to John's restaurant. Unless the upcoming Cellar turns out to be sophisticated, chic, upscale with a decent dress code, catering to a classy diner, I will be unforgiving. I rated John's up there with Flagstaff  House. There are few classy dining rooms in Boulder where a special night out is really SPECIAL enought to crow about. Mr. Bock, give us your old restaurant back. We loved it.


@minimag I hope you're right!  But I think a "parking perception issue" is, in fact, a parking problem.  If I'm going out to dinner and I don't think there's any parking within a couple of blocks, then I'm less likely to choose that restaurant regardless of whether I'm correct about the parking.  Hopefully they can remedy that perception.  

My advice: arrange for parking at the city lot on Canyon and 10th, and have gondoliers who will pole you via boat down to the restaurant's patio.  Now that'd be unique!

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