Excellent happy hour at new North Boulder restaurant.
The space just to the left of Ideal Market in North Boulder has had several names on the sign and several culinary concepts. Early in my years here, it was an Italian place whose name I can’t recall. Over time, it was Masa (a Mexican place), Radda Trattoria (an Italian place) and Ella Fine Diner (an eclectic place run by Edward Zoe, whose Chinese place, Zoe Ma Ma is a Boulder-Denver fave).
Enter Douglas Scott, whose life-long passion has been food. Is it because he’s from Santa Fe? Culinary school? Check. California restaurant? Check. Catering business? Check. His last stop before establishing Scotts on Alpine was five years with Whole Foods Market. The space at 1265 Alpine was, of course, set up to be a restaurant. Maybe he made some changes in the kitchen, and maybe not, but he did redecorate the bar and dining room into cozy, contemporary and very welcoming space.The transformation into Scott’s on Alpine includes toning down the formerly excessive noise level. This was especially merciful since we went at happy hour, where we were surrounded on three sides by energetic families.
Scott wisely hired Kodi Kassell, who had worked with him at Whole Foods, as executive chef. Her resume includes everything from the Flagstaff House to a food truck, and she brings that level of skill and verve to the restaurant.
Price check: At happy hour, $4-$6 (plus $8 pizza of the day and also $8 smoked baby back ribs, $9 artisan cheese selection). The happy hour drinks list merits mention. Wines, beers and a beer and a shot, $3-$5, plus a “dealer’s choice” cocktail for $8 that’s a surprise when it arrives.
Zomato has not yet discovered Scott’s on Alpine, which is at 1265 Alpine Ave., Boulder, 303-441-6100.