Booze

Mateo closed until Friday for serving alcohol to a minor

Apparently those threatened police stings -- the ones ingrained into every server's head during training -- are real. Boulder's Mateo, 1837 Pearl Street, was a victim of the college town's undercover attempt to crack down on underage drinking, and it looks like the restaurant didn't pass.

The Provencal bistro on the east end of Pearl Street is locked up tight, a big notice posted in the window declaring that it'll be closed from Monday, November 8, through Thursday, November 11, for serving alcohol to a minor.

A less hideous sign graces the door, noting that the staff is deeply apologetic for the inconvenience.

The restaurant reopens for lunch on Friday.

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Laura Shunk was Westword's restaurant critic from 2010 to 2012; she's also been food editor at the Village Voice and a dining columnist in Beijing. Her toughest assignment had her drinking ten martinis and eating ten Caesar salads over the course of 48 hours. She still drinks martinis, but remains lukewarm on Caesar salads.
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