Chef/restaurateur Bradford Heap has made a name for himself in Boulder with his dedication to organic and non-GMO ingredients at Salt and Colterra, restaurants he's run with his wife, Carol Vilate, since 2009 and 2007, respectively. While those two eateries rely heavily on local farmers and ranchers for meat and produce, Heap's newest venture will look further afield for menu inspiration. Heap opened Wild Standard next door to Salt last night with a raw bar and seafood-focused menu that promises a global expedition.
Expect the same exacting standards for sourcing ingredients that Heap maintains at his other restaurants, along with responsibly-sourced seafood from around the world. The menu promises "flavor journeys" with regional focus and Heap adds that a "new innovative cart and tray service" means that the restaurant is offering seatings between 5:30 and 7:30 p.m.
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The restaurant has been nearly a year in the making since Heap took over the space formerly occupied by Juanita's. The esthetic is similar to Salt, with exposed brick, rough timbers, welded steel and eclectic lighting. Wild Standard is open from 5 p.m. nightly, with plans to add lunch and brunch soon. Check Wild Standard's website for reservation times.