Curry lovers in Denver know where to go for a fiery fix: Biju's Little Curry Shop in RiNo, which chef Biju Thomas opened in a tiny, hidden spot at 26th and Walnut streets at the end of 2014. And with a second location of Biju's at 4279 Tennyson Street that opened earlier this month, tempting South Indian aromas are now wafting over the west side of town, too. But what are envious Boulderites to do? Head to the Boulder Whole Foods Market at 2905 Pearl Street, where another Biju's just opened this week.
"We want guests to have cool, hyper-local food experiences," explains Heather Larrabee, regional executive marketing coordinator for Whole Foods. Thomas is one of the first outside chefs to set up shop inside a Whole Foods, but Larrabee says the company plans to expand the program, especially after the success of the recent Orange Crunch food truck pop-ups inside the Bradburn Whole Foods in Westminster.
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The newest Biju's has the same basic menu as the RiNo original, with vegetarian, beef and two chicken bowls ranging from $9.95 to $11.95; other items like samosas could be added soon. When we spoke to Thomas at the Tennyson Street opening, he said that if the initial Whole Foods launch goes well, he hopes to expand into more stores.
In the meantime, Whole Foods shoppers can grab a bowl in Boulder from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.