Farewell to the Steins and hail to the Deerings
Once a month, Alba Restaurant and Wine Bar owner Rick Stein sends an E-mail called “Postcards from Alba” with news bits and menu notes from this lovely restaurant that is a neighbor of McGuckin’s but, with its lovely patio for summer and warm dining room for winter, feels light-years away. The latest Postcard caught me by surprise because it contained just one item — but it was the big news of a transition to new ownership from one couple to another. Given that both pairs are veteran restaurateurs, I expect that it will be seamless.
“This will be our last Postcards from Alba, as new owners will be taking over the restaurant on Monday, August 19. This Friday and Saturday will be Susan’s and my last nights at Alba, and we’d love to have you join us on our final weekend.
“We’ve enjoyed more than twenty great years in the restaurant business in Boulder, all made possible by our legion of great customers. We can’t express how much we appreciate your friendship, loyalty, and support.
“The new owners of Alba are Jon and Eleni Deering. They have lived in Boulder for several years, and both have considerable restaurant experience.
“Jon grew up in California, and his first restaurant job in Boulder was with the catering department at Chautauqua Dining Hall. He later managed the Sunflower Restaurant on Pearl Street and helped open and managed the Uptown Wine Shop at Restaurant 4580 in north Boulder. His next position was wine and beverage manager at Colterra in Niwot, and subsequently became beverage director at Salt. His last position before pursuing his dream of owning his own restaurant was front of the house leader at Black Cat.
“Eleni was born in Greece and grew up in the restaurant business. Her family moved to the U.S. and operated restaurants in the San Francisco Bay area.
“The Deerings will operate the restaurant as Alba until mid-October, when they’ll change the name and modify the concept slightly. They have not yet announced the new name. The concept will encompass the cuisine of not just Italy, but also many other countries in the Mediterranean region. We wish them great success and hope you’ll continue your support.”
This Postcard did not indicate what the Steins’ plans are, but it wouldn’t surprise me if they end up spending more time in Piemonte, the region of northern Italy they adore. After all, they named their restaurant after a Piemontese city. I wish them well.