2018 10th St. Boulder | (303) 786-8585 | Status: Opens today at 3 p.m. for happy hour/5 p.m. for dinner service
Once up a time chef/owner Janice Henning operated Beehive restaurant at 609 Corona St., a place that former Denver Post critic Diane Gould described as hip, small and a bit overpriced. The dining room felt so cramped that Gould found it hive-like and easy to "drift into the communal consciousness of a worker bee." Beehive was popular, but when Henning decided to start a family, the restaurant shuttered, and Table 6 opened in the vacated space. Henning may have taken a break, but she's back with a fresh take on the restaurant that attracted Denver diners, and this time she's in Boulder.
The new incarnation of Beehive in Boulder, which opens this afternoon in the old Saxy's Café space, looks like a different different restaurant. Thrillist describes it as is a dress-down version of the original — a place that embraces a "laid-back People's Republic vibe with a bright, clean aesthetic that's a 'mix of modern and architectural salvage.'" Interior touches include mason jars light fixture, vintage porcelain, a community table constructed out of pine beetlekill and a bar counter outfitted with refurbished schoolhouse slate surrounded by exposed brick. Henning's small menu, according to Westword, emphasizes local and seasonal ingredients and simple presentations. The bar offers a selection of biodynamic wines, craft beers and freshly squeezed juices for cocktails made with largely local ingredients. Soon, Henning will offer lunch, brunch and carry-out picnic fare. More details on the way.