It's challenging to open a restaurant in Boulder, which already has so many good spots that Bon Appetit named it the foodiest town in America, but Bradford Heap, owner of the successful Niwot restaurant Colterra, was no amateur.
And when the massive spot that had housed Tom's Tavern became available, he snapped up the space to create his own eatery in the People's Republic, Salt the Bistro, at 1047 Pearl Street in Boulder.
Salt is a neighborhood joint, a comfortable American bistro decorated in earthy tones; it caters to a clientele that would appreciate a remodeling job conscious of a spot's history. In the updated dining room, a gracious staff serves dishes made from local ingredients: Heap maintains a heartfelt focus on local farms that threads all the way through to the beverage list, which is full of Colorado beers, wines and spirits.
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The eatery is quintessentially Boulder, which keeps the dining room full and helps Salt fit in with the town's restaurant community. But is Heap helping to keep the bar high, or falling short of the tough standard?
Find out tomorrow when my review is posted here, along with a slide show.