Radio Nibbles: As COVID-19’s Impact Lingers Food Businesses Push Through

John Lehndorff joins us from his patio garden in Louisville with lots of food-related news to catch up on, most of it good.

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First, the big local food news: The passing of the penny ponies at King Soopers markets. Due to the COVID-19 crisis the ponies are being removed from King Soopers markets around Colorado.

In restaurant news, there are some openings and some closings.

  • Great news for mountain folk: the long-closed Millsite Inn on the Peak to Peak has been relaunched. Now open for the season: The Gold Hill Inn and the Wondervu Cafe.

    A picture of the former Millsite Inn on the Peak-to Peak Highway.
  • Boulder’s second food hall, Avanti Food & Beverage, will open in August with six eateries including the Taiwanese-focused Pig and Tiger.
  • An actual NEW restaurant has opened: chef Chris Teigland has opened Birdhouse serving tacos and ramen and rum in downtown Erie.
  • Natascha Hess’ Ginger Pig has closed at Rosetta Hall. It will reopen soon as a freestanding restaurant in Denver.

The Boulder Weekly managed to pull together the 2020 Best of Boulder special section including the Food & Drink kudos. You can see it online. The only depressing part are the awards for restaurants that are now defunct like The Med.

The Colorado Grain Chain’s collective bake sale for racial and social justice this weekend asks amateur and professionals bakers to bake something, sell it, and donate to BLM 5280. More info:

The Lafayette Farmers Market is opening today but only for pre-ordered pickup (

The best thing John’s tasted this week:

Sit-down breakfast outside the Walnut Café and take-out chicken mole from Tierra y Fuego Taqueria on N. Broadway

You can read John’s dissertation about visiting a Hostess Twinkies factory at