Which must be why two different restaurants in Boulder are suddenly offering a paella/wine deal on Wednesday nights.
Three weeks ago, Cafe Aion, 1235 Pennsylvania Avenue in Boulder, decided to lure locals up the Hill with a Wednesday night deal: a big platter of paella and a bottle of wine for $35, no matter how many people join the party (the platter feeds two to four).
The idea was to get people to the eatery on a normally slower night of the week. "We didn't want to offer a fixed price menu, because we're not really that kind of restaurant," says Dakota Soifer, Aion's chef-owner. "We thought paella would be a good way to get the neighborhood in to hang out and share dinner."
As a bonus, the deal has fueled culinary creativity. "It's been a fun way for us to experiment with different meats," the chef offers. "We're doing rabbit and almond next week."
And now Centro Latin Kitchen & Refreshment Palace, 950 Pearl Street in Boulder, is offering its own paella deal on Wednesday nights. The promotion is called Date Night, and it comprises paella for two people plus a bottle of wine for $30, with an additional $12 per additional person.
Is it a coincidence that two Boulder restaurants are now offering paella specials? Could be, since Centro's sibling in Denver, Lola, at 1575 Boulder Street, has been offering a paella deal on Sunday nights for years. That special runs $16 per person, and $13 for each additional diner.
Reservations are recommended at all three spots.