New Cafe Slated for UniHill Building

Alpine Modern Café is design-master Lon McGowan’s new venture.

One of my favorite buildings in Boulder is the stone structure at the corner of 9th and College, across from Columbia Cemetery. It long housed Delilah’s Pretty Good Grocery and then a short-lived cooperative food store called The Second Kitchen (see image below). Now Lon McGowan, ace designer, owner of LON Little Shop in downtown Boulder and publisher of Alpine Modern magazine, has taken over the building and is turning it into the Alpine Modern Café, slated to open in May.

Expect to see a sleek, contemporary interior within the distinctive exterior. McGowan has hired Alex Baum, who previously opened the Wild Goose Meeting House in Colorado Springs, to manage the café. It plans to serve specialty coffees, chai and hot chocolate in custom-made mugs plus small plates and Scandinavian-style, open-face sandwiches and specialty toasts served on hand-crafted trays.

The Alpine Modern Café will be at 904 College Avenue, Boulder, 303-264-7638