Paleo - often referred to as the caveman diet - recommends eating as the ancient paleolithic hunter-gatherers did: heavy on proteins, light on carbs.
Inspired after connecting with Jennifer Peters at Brazen's monthly paleo dinner series, chef Carrie Baird took a deep dive into the diet and the duo came up with their fast-casual concept, Just BE Kitchen, opening next week in the former Mona's Restaurant location at 2363 15th Street.
Renovating and revitalizing the space, the new look and feel is meant to be relaxing and homey, with soft blue and greens. Guests are greeted by a large chalk wall that requests written responses from guests, begging the question: "What would you do if you weren't afraid?" Additional inspirational are sprinkled throughout the space.
"Most of the fast-casual spots you see these days have a very stark and industrial aesthetic," explains Peters. "We wanted Just BE Kitchen to combat that cold, impersonal feeling and instead embrace a more homey ambiance - which then coupled with our modern style of service makes for what we hope to be a great customer experience."
Guests will place their orders at a custom counter, designed and built by Eddie Bartnick of Breckenridge Wood Company. Seating will range from a large wooden community table to cozy armchairs and a 20-seat patio.
Baird - whose prior Mile High resume includes Rioja and Euclid Hall - started of her new menu build-out with locally sourced and responsibly raised meat and poultry - think names like Niman Ranch, Rocky Mountain eggs, Frontier Natural and Red Bird chicken. The all-day menu is broken out into: beginnings, comforts, energizers, satisfying plates and naughty indulgences. Just BE's take on pizza - cleverly called the Meatzza - is paleo, gluten- and grain-free, with a non-traditional sausage base, rather than dough. The JBK bone broth is made from grass-fed and pasture-raised bones. Lunch options range from hearty salads, like the cashew Caesar and arugula salads. Meanwhile, for those on-the-go, breakfast burritos and egg muffins are mindful of the dietary commitments as well.
Copper Door Coffee Roasters and Method Coffee Roasters will be prominently featured at the coffee bar, complete with a handful of rich, bullet coffees, blended with MCT oil and organic butter.