Tangerine Restaurant in North Boulder is inspired by Mediterranean and American flavors and serves up ingredients from local farmers. Whether dining in for brunch or lunch, you will find classic dishes with a unique spin. And, now, the flavors of Tangerine is expanding to Old Town Lafayette. Read more in the Daily Camera article below:
Boulder's Tangerine restaurant plans Old Town Lafayette expansionPopular haunt's plans signal continued revival for historical district
By Anthony HahnStaff Writer
POSTED: 08/08/2017 07:36:35 PM MDT | UPDATED: ABOUT 17 HOURS AGO
Sous Chef Zac Dwight prepares a meal for a customer at the Tangerine restaurant on Tuesday in Boulder. (Jeremy Papasso / Staff Photographer)Plans for a second iteration of Tangerine — north Boulder's celebrated brunch haunt — will soon be realized along Old Town Lafayette's revived South Public corridor.
The eatery's newest digs could fill the space at 300 S. Public Road as early as this winter.
Strong word-of-mouth has fueled Tangerine's quiet popularity over the last six years; its Boulder location sits at 2777 Iris Ave., far-flung from the city's crowded center.
A loyal customer base has served the restaurant well, Tangerine's Chef and Owner Alec Schuler says, and the move to Lafayette comes as the demand has begun to outpace its quaint beginnings.
"Tangerine is as busy as ever," said Schuler, who came across the Lafayette site by chance while biking through town a few weeks ago. "And with all our happy customers, it's come to the point where we have such a big following."
He said the restaurant could slide into the 3,000-square-foot existing building layout without any real structural changes if all goes according to plan, which would bypass the need for a building permit.
The new shop is a bit smaller than Boulder's, though large enough to potentially double Tangerine's employees to roughly 50, Schuler said.
For Lafayette residents, the move comes not a moment too soon. Despite a flood of modern ideas to S. Public Road — such as William Oliver's Publick House and Ras Kassa's Ethiopian Eatery and Community — the district has largely abided through its cultural renaissance over the last few years without a true breakfast anchor.
"There's not really a breakfast-specific restaurant in Old Town, so that makes room for me," Schuler said. "I just like the feel of the area, honestly."
Apart from Deli-Cious Z's and Senor Gomez Restaurant, whose storefronts reside a bit farther south from the city's main thoroughfare, Tangerine will have a local customer base on the first day it's open, according to Todd Walsh, of Boulder's Boom Properties.
"We've just had a groundswell of great retailers and breweries lately," Lafayette spokeswoman Debbie Wilmot said Tuesday. "That momentum has just built upon itself."
A move into Lafayette for businesses such as Tangerine is still a bargain, compared to Boulder's lofty commercial lease rates.
Apeizza e Vino closed its restaurant 300 S. Public Road earlier this year. (Paul Aiken / Staff Photographer)"In Lafayette, an entire market of available listings right now ranges from roughly $16 to $22 per square foot," Walsh said.
For example, prices for lots in Boulder's west end of Pearl Street consistently hover in the mid-$30s.
"It's entirely two different markets," Walsh said. "So Lafayette is a good place for local businesses that have a strong following and have a good formula because you can essentially halve your rent.
"It's also not that far away (from Boulder) in the scope of things. (Recent reports) now show that Boulder County is adding something like 10 residents a day; they're going to fill out the east county eventually, and as they do they'll need a place to go eat breakfast."
Schuler suggested that Tangerine's new lease fell "along the lines of what is typical for Lafayette," adding that the contract gives him options to remain for an extended amount of time if he wants.
Despite the restaurant's prime location, potentially built-in customer base and a winning business formula, the 300 S. Public Road address has become somewhat of a local mystery.
When Apeizza e Vino shuttered earlier this year amid sales woes, the ill-fated Italian eaterymarked the six restaurant to come and go within the building's 18-year history.
Before Apeizza was Angelo's, an Italian eatery in the same vein. Prior to that, there was Kasbah Moroccan Restaurant, with its kabobs and belly dancers.
That was preceded by Pulcinella Ristorante, which followed the spicy foods of Taste of Nepal. That opened in the place of Rocky Mountain Joe's Café after the coffee shop first exited Lafayette.
The idea of a " curse at Cannon and Public" doesn't worry Schuler, who says the building is perfectly tailored to Tangerine's needs.
"I think the spot is great," he said. "It's a beautiful little place, it has good foot traffic, has good parking, it's the exact size I need and I think this place is perfect."
If there's is a gripe, however, Schuler says the building's front could use some help sticking out more. He hopes the city can provide him some assistance in the way of incentives down the road if necessary.
"The only thing that I don't really like is that (the storefront) is not that visible," he said. "That's the only thing, but we can put some orange color out front like (the Boulder location) and make this building glow and come to life."
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