What defines a neighborhood restaurant these days? That's what Gretchen Kurtz asked yesterday, after eating several meals at Central Bistro & Bar for this week's review (which will be posted here later today). Chef Lance Bardo, who opened Central in July, wanted to create a "gathering place" for the hot LoHi neighborhood -- but the food is attracting people from around town.
Is the term "neighborhood" now obsolete when it comes to dining? See also: - What defines a neighborhood restaurant in Denver these days? - Frasca: Best High-End Neighborhood Restaurant 2009
Requisite Frasca reference for the day: they too are "neighborhood," says so on their homepage.
"Neighborhood" and "destination" are obsolete terms (ala. "record player" etc.). Very suburbia terms: "destination" being trip into the big city to visit the restaurant with a name starting with "Le" and everything served under Sterling silver.
In an era when people find fresh good food coming from the back of a truck, people getting less interested in having to put on a suit and tie to go to dinner, higher expectations by consumers, more knowledgeable of "other" cuisines, slow economy, restaurants are noticing these trends and the lines are blurring.
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If Frasca is a "neighborhood" restaurant, does that term still have any real meaning?