We believe that gathering around the table and sharing good food and drink is what connects us as family, friends and a community.
More than just a philosophy; it’s also the story of how The Kitchen began.
In 2002, Kimbal Musk and Jen Lewin had just moved to Boulder, CO with the intention of opening a restaurant when, while walking along Pearl Street, their black Lab jumped into the lap of Hugo Matheson, who was enjoying a cup of tea outside a popular cafe. In the exchange of apologies Kimbal and Hugo recognized each other’s foreign accents – Kimbal Musk is a native of Pretoria, South Africa and Hugo Matheson is a native of Newmarket, England – which led to the type of small talk one might expect, ‘Where are you from?’, ‘Do you live here?’, etc.
What one may not have expected is that this casual chitchat led to a spontaneous dinner invitation – an unforgettable meal, prepared by Hugo Matheson, that years later would be remembered by Kimbal Musk as “one of the best-tasting and most relaxing meals of my life.”
It was during this dinner that Hugo, Kimbal and Jen first conceived of the idea to create a ‘world-class neighborhood restaurant’ that would eventually be called The Kitchen. The name ‘The Kitchen’ was chosen for it was their desire to create a restaurant that would act much like the kitchen in one’s home – a center of conversation and connection – the place everyone likes to hang out.
On March 16, 2004, The Kitchen opened as Boulder’s Community Bistro – a restaurant built by a community of craftsman, serving food & drink from a community of like-minded farmers, ranchers and purveyors for the sustainable enjoyment of the whole community – including staff. Being a Community Bistro also includes our commitment to environmentally-friendly practices, including composting, wind power, eco-friendly packaging and recycling used cooking oil to power Steve’s car (Steve is a Server at The Kitchen Boulder).
In 2005, The Kitchen opened Upstairs, a cocktail lounge. In 2011, The Kitchen debuted its community pub concept, The Kitchen Next Door. A few months later in the Spring of 2011, The Kitchen Community, the 501c3 non-profit organization, launched as the philanthropic arm of The Kitchen family of restaurants with the mission of “Community Through Food” by building Learning Gardens in schools and community organizations across America. By the end of the 2013-2014 school year, The Kitchen Community had successfully built over 180 Learning Gardens in schools impacting approximately 100,000 students nationwide.
In Spring 2012, The Kitchen Denver opened and in 2014, The Kitchen opened Next Door Glendale, The Kitchen Fort Collins and Next Door Union Station. The Kitchen Chicago will open to the community in the fall of 2014.
To this day, we believe in the power of good food and good drink to connect people as family, friends & a community, and The Kitchen remains committed to our mission of creating community through food.
Hugo, Kimbal & Jen