Openings and Closings

Riffs Urban Fare will open on Boulder's Pearl Street in early September

John Platt has owned and operated Q's Restaurant in Boulder's Hotel Boulderado for nearly two decades, which is about the same amount of time that Philip Shull's BookEnd Cafe occupied a Pearl Street Mall slot just a few blocks away.

After that coffeeshop shuttered a few months ago, the pair teamed up to open something new in its place -- and now, Riffs Urban Fare is getting ready to open its doors to the public.

Riffs will be a small-plates spot, with seasonal, international fare served in a social, bar-like setting. "I don't really expect to have an entrée on the menu," Platt told the Daily Camera. "We're trying really hard to keep everything on the menu under $15." And while that leaves exactly what will be on the menu rather vague, thanks to Riffs's Facebook page we know that the place has a spit -- and some sort of gyro in the works.

The food will pair with a wine-focused beverage menu, as well as a run of seasonal cocktails and micro-brews.

Riffs, which will serve from 11 a.m. until 11 p.m. daily, is slated to open sometime in early or mid-September.

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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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