Boulder's gluten-free, grain-free, processed sugar and processed seed oil free restaurant, Blooming Beets, has gained a heck of a following in its short lifespan. With the intention to create a gluten-free haven that is more than just buzz worthy, but truly healthy and delicious, the haven for healthy eating will be setting up shop in Denver's Baker neighborhood at 305 West 1st Ave., off Broadway, according to a recent Facebook post.
The concept, from Iva Paleckova, came to fruition when she swapped out junk food, fanatical exercise, and a corporate cubicle-confining job for healthy cooking and balanced activity. Struggling to find restaurants that accommodated the kind of healthy eating she desired, she took her idea to Indiegogo. Now, faithfully following a paleo philosophy, the menu is free from refined sugars, inflammatory foods, GMOs and grains, serving up local ingredients and grass-fed, pastured and wild caught meats. Instead, foods are cooked in avocado and coconut oils, as well as butter and ghee.
Opened in 2014, the north Boulder location – at 3303 30th St. – is consistently packed with a committed following. Both brunch and lunch options are available, with clean proteins and clean starches such as sweet potatoes and cauliflower. Without sacrificing a shred of flavor, signature appetizers include bacon-wrapped stuff dates, alongside soups, salads and wraps. New vegetarian-friendly menus have been introduced for brunch, lunch and dinner and desserts, which may seem like a surprising inclusion on such a nutritional menu, include Haystack Mountain goat cheese cake, chia seed coconut pudding and molten chocolate lava cake. To start, the menu is likely to look and feel similar to the Boulder location.
The official opening of the new outpost in Denver is yet-to-be-announced. Paleckova signed the lease on her the new space just more than a week ago and said the "abandoned building," needs some "major renovations." An extra 400 square feet will be added on, and she and her team hope to have the construction completed by October or November.