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Volta Replaces Boulder's Alba Restaurant, Opens Today Serving Authentic Mediterranean Food

Boulder's Alba Restaurant & Wine Bar in the Village Shopping Center closed at the end of September, and will reopen this evening at 5 p.m. as Volta, a Mediterranean-style restaurant.

Chef Thomas d'Aquin, formerly of Axios Estiatorio, is the new executive chef at Volta. His locally sourced menu will change weekly, and he'll offer nightly Chef's Surprise Tastings at 5:30 p.m. Tastings will include both three and six-course options with wine pairings. Expect courses like rabbit-sausage gnocchi, grilled baby octopus, sweetbreads with beet flan, and grilled Colorado lamb chops.

"Food evokes emotion and when the customer receives each plate, there should be a sense of entertainment, excitement and intrigue," d'Aquin said in a press release. "I'd like to take guests on a trip to the Mediterranean..." Fittingly, the Greek word volta means "journey".

The husband and wife owners Jon and Eleni Deering are bringing Boulder a slice of their backgrounds: Eleni was born in Greece and is from a village named Kyparissi, while Jon is a notable Boulder restaurant veteran. He's worked at Chautauqua Dining Hall, the former Sunflower Restaurant, Colterra, Salt Bistro, Restaurant 4580 and most recently at the Black Cat.

Volta will be open every day for brunch from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., happy hour from 4 to 5:30 p.m., and dinner from 5:30 to 10 p.m. Soon to come are special Sunday brunches and Sunday night Greek nights. In coming weeks, the restaurant has plans to provide after-hours entertainment, too.

Owners Jon and Eleni Deering [Photo courtesy of Volta]

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