Openings and Closings

Now open: The Kitchen [Next Door]

At 11 a.m. today, after months of redesign and a last-minute delay due to construction, the Kitchen [Next Door] opened its doors, and welcomed a line of Boulder residents eager to try the pub-inspired addition to a Pearl Street family of eateries. The new restaurant, which takes the farm-to-table mantra introduced at the Kitchen seven years ago and applies it to a fast-casual concept, features a board of snacks, soups, sandwiches and salads -- and not a single item is priced higher than $9.

The menu, revealed this morning on the spot's new website, includes kale chips, quinoa salad, a roast lamb sandwich, lardo rosemary flatbread and, of course, the Kitchen's tomato soup.

That list is paired with draft beer -- like Ska's Modus Hoperandi and Dry Dock Brewing's Apricot Blond -- and wine in kegs, including a proprietary red and a white, as well as several selections from California and Colorado.

In addition to the adult meal and libation options, the Kitchen [Next Door] is featuring a sizable kids' menu, tested by local fourth-graders, which includes pint-sized lamb and pork sandwiches and an organic cheddar quesadilla. And the new eatery will benefit community kids in another way, too: [Next Door] plans to aggressively expand the Kitchen's involvement in school gardens. As a start, the restaurant donated money collected from its friends and family opening to that cause -- over $12,000 total.

The new eatery is open daily from 11 a.m. until 11 p.m.

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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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