Julia’s Kitchen, the Entirely Gluten-Free Bakery and Cafe of Boulder, has MovedBy Evan Sandsmark -
We decided to let Julia’s Kitchen and Cafe get settled into their new location before announcing their move from north Boulder to slightly-less north Boulder. When Julia’s Kitchen, a leading light in Boulder’s gluten-free scene because of its absolute commitment to GF food, announced their move, they described their opening as “soft,” and that they may need “a little extra patience as we get our bearings.” But now, with their move completed about two months ago, we are confident they are fully settled into their new place, where they are still selling excellent gluten-free treats and dishes.
The original location of Julia’s Kitchen and Cafe, which we wrote about shortly after its opening, has a storied gluten-free history. Before Julia’s Kitchen moved in, the location was used by Zudaka, a glorious little Latin American restaurant that closed down far before its time. (Descanse en paz, Zudaka.) So, in just a few short years, one location housed two great gluten-free restaurants in Boulder. But that’s not really here nor there, as we are talking about where Julia’s Kitchen is now, which is at 3980 Broadway.
This is actually near the old location, but it’s further south – about a half mile closer to downtown. The new location feels a lot closer to town too, as there isn’t too much in the area where Julia’s Kitchen used to be located. (The relatively new and nice development where Proto’s Pizzeria is located is near the old location, but the building that housed Julia’s Kitchen was not a part of this development – it was on the other side of the tracks, as it were.) When visiting Zudaka and then Julia’s, we always thought it wasn’t an ideal place for a restaurant or cafe to operate.
At the new location, however, Julia’s is right by Lucky’s Market and a few other shops, and while this obviously isn’t in the heart of Boulder, it still strikes us as a better, livelier location. And of course a place doesn’t need to be in the middle of Boulder to have a good location. It is worth keeping in mind that Julia’s is also a bakery, so not all of their business is derived from people visiting the cafe. Thus, a location with less foot traffic than the middle of the city isn’t necessarily a problem for Julia’s, and there are of course advantages to being outside downtown. There is more parking, for instance, and there are less competitors in the immediate vicinity of the cafe.
We are big fans of Julia’s Kitchen and Cafe and encourage you to go check them out at their new location. They have an excellent menu in the cafe and a bakery that is constantly making gluten-free treats, so we’re confident you’ll find something you’ll like. Wherever their location, Julia’s is worth visiting.Read Next Article » Gluten-Free and Vegan Artisan Cheese by Kite Hill Now Available in Boulder
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