Local food news: May 7, 2024

Restaurant openings, closings and more

A cinnamon roll from Spruce Confections.

Beloved chef Amos Watts, who wowed Boulder diners at Corrida and Jax Fish House, has died at the age of 43, days before he was to open Denver’s Fifth String restaurant. 

Shreddy’s Tacos is open at 2690 Baseline Road, former site of Beau Jo’s Pizza. 

Louisville hummus maker Hope Foods has closed. 

Coming soon: Spruce Cafe, 600 S. Airport Road, the first Longmont location for Boulder’s Spruce Confections

Culinary Calendar: Bag Hunger Saturday 

The National Association of Letter Carriers annual Stamp Out Hunger food drive day takes place May 11 as Boulder County food banks are seeing empty shelves. Leave a bag of non-perishable food at your mailbox: cereal, pasta, spaghetti sauce, rice, canned meats and meals, beans, grains and oils. No glass, please. 

Plan ahead: Whiskey Throwdown & Doughnut Showdown, June 1, Denver. whiskeydoughnuts.com

Coffee and pastries at MECO Coffee in Lafayette.
Coffee and pastries at MECO Coffee in Lafayette. Credit: John Lehndorff

Taste of the Week: For the love of pastries

Fans of classic baked goods celebrated when Longmont’s MECO Coffee opened a second location at 1280 Centaur Village Drive in Lafayette. 

Instead of the same old muffins, MECO freshly bakes moist blueberry lemon quick bread, cranberry scones, frosted cake pops, apple coffee cake, buttery chocolate chip cookies and notably tasty gluten-free/vegan doughnuts. 

Pleasure is a MECO double chocolate raspberry brownie or a morning bun paired with a latte made with beans from Longmont’s Nimbus Coffee Roasters

The neighborhood hangout is located in a pod of cool independent food businesses near Centaurus High School that includes Big Daddy’s Pizza, Blendz Juice Bar, Ruby Ru’s Street Eatery, Basil Bowl, Panadería Tradicional y Neveria, Tacos Aya Yay and Dillinger’s Food & Spirits.

PS: If you love cheese crackers, don’t miss MECO’s savory cheesy bits.

Words to Chew On: Planet of the Apes Diet

“Eat what the monkey eats: simple food and not too much of it.” 

— Dr. John Harvey Kellogg (1852–1943)


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