The New Tom’s Tavern in Boulder, Colorado: a Bradford Heap local foodie restaurant.

Via Waylon Lewis
on Jan 16, 2009
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Some of my first memories of my entire life are sitting in Tom’s Tavern, drawing on the paper mats and staring at the Clydsedale Horses as they marched round and round an old-timey Budweiser King of Beers display. Now that Boulder, Colorado’s iconic (really) Tom’s Tavern has finally closed, this prime location—old brick walls, tin ceilings, bright sunshine, patio dining right on our historic brick Mall…I’m happy to note will be replaced by something that sounds far better than mediocre, with mindful foodie morals. Leave your name suggestions at the bottom in COMMENTS.

Chef Bradford Heap, owner of Colterra in Niwot, is venturing back to Boulder to try his luck in the heart of the city. He’s planning to open an American-style bistro in the former Tom’s Tavern at 11th and Pearl.

Heap has earned acclaim for his use of organic and local ingredients at Colterra, which even features its own gardens. His new concept will be similar in some ways, but differ in others.

“It’s going to be be a farm-to-table concept, very casual. I’m going to have as much local product as I can on the plate,” he says. “Any kind of vegetable product I can get my hands on will be on the menu.”

While procurement standards will have a strong parallel to those at Colterra, there will be changes “because I don’t want to price anyone out,” Heap continues. “I’m trying to make farm-to-table food accessible to the masses.”

That’s a noble thought: to bring organic and local food into a reasonable price range for the people who want to eat green, but may not have enough green to do so…

…read the rest of Tyler Nemkov’s report on Westword.



About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. | His first book, Things I would like to do with You, is now available.


7 Responses to “The New Tom’s Tavern in Boulder, Colorado: a Bradford Heap local foodie restaurant.”

  1. admin says:

    Shunya Ladendorff at 1:10pm January 16
    I remember eating hamburger and picking up my dad at the bar after school.

    Elle Markey at 1:16pm January 16
    Hope it IS affordable! We are losing Boulder to the rich!

  2. admin says:

    Lori Linzmier at 3:13pm January 16
    Memories aside…their food really wasn’t very good. Neither was the service. When I was eating meat-I never chose to eat there….The Dark Horse or Mountain Sun had the same price point and better everything. I hope the new owners raise the bar a bit. (So to speak)

  3. admin says:

    Regina Cowles at 4:42pm January 16
    Yea! Bradford is a sublime chef and one of the first chefs in Boulder to support locally grown organic ingredients! Fantastic.

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  5. kay marie heisler says:

    i am looking for lori linzmier my cousin her dad my 1 cousin my email is [email protected]

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