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Bubu Will Open Thursday in Former TAG Raw Bar Space

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Just a month ago, chef and restaurateur Troy Guard closed TAG Raw Bar, simultaneously announcing a new quick-casual concept to follow in its place. Now Bubu is slated for its grand opening on Thursday, July 17, with a soft opening tomorrow. Under the direction of Guard and chef Brian Hubner, the new eatery will be serving build-your-own bowls with an emphasis on fresh, healthy and locally sourced ingredients.

Patrons can choose from one of eight standard bowls, picking from a base of white or brown rice, rice noodles or salad mix, and then selecting a protein: grilled chicken or steak, poke-style raw salmon or tuna, or chilled shrimp. The Bubu bowls range from an OG Colorado option with roasted carrots, quinoa, green chiles, avocado, pumpkin seeds and house dressing (lemon, honey, white balsamic and olive oil) to the Hawaii Five-O, which mixes hearts of palm, soy beans, shiitake mushrooms, fennel, soy onion dressing and bubu arare. Here the namesake ingredient—a Japanese puffed rice pellet—is shortened to just "bubu," and is smaller than the standard nickel size, providing crunchy texture added into a bowl.

You can also go the route of building a completely custom bowl, again choosing from the base and protein options and adding ingredients from a comprehensive list—think bean sprouts to kimchi and chia seeds to granola, which is made at sister restaurant Sugarmill in RiNo.

Items like soy-marinated cucumbers and a summer roll round out the menu. To drink you'll find juices from the Pressery, Teakoe Tea, and beer and wine. There's also a signature cocktail made with vodka, apple juice, ginger, mint and lime.

Bubu is located at 1423 Larimer St. in the underground walkway of Larimer Square, and will be open Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Delivery service is also planned to begin within the first month.

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