The owner of Fresh Thymes Eatery has expanded her culinary footprint in Boulder by opening a new concept right next to the original restaurant on 30th Street.
The new establishment, which opened its doors last month and is called Bodega, is a healthier version of the classic urban convenience store concept.
“What’s really important to me is making healthy eating accessible,” owner Christine Ruch, a hospitality industry veteran who moved to Boulder about 15 years ago, told BizWest.
“We’re known for our healthy eating,” Ruch said of Fresh Thymes, which opened in 2013. “We’re a 100% gluten-free, ingredient-conscious restaurant that works with local farms and other local producers.
While the COVID-19 pandemic has been devastating for some restaurants, Fresh Thyme has stayed afloat and positioned itself for growth in part through a combination of government relief programs and the popularity of take-out items from the restaurant, she said.
The growing demand for take-out offers served as a fortuitous proof of concept for Bodega.
Ruch said his goal for the new establishment is to “reimagine the idea of a neighborhood bodega where you can stop for groceries or a quick cup of coffee or kitchen essentials.”
Traditional bodegas aren’t exactly known for their healthy options – cigarettes and beer are often the best sellers.
“We decided to be really fun and original, so we have things like CBD herbal smoke mixes that you can roll and CBD sodas,” Ruch said. “We take the things you know and love about a traditional bodega and make it a little healthier.”
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