Eat Drink Boulder
October 11, 2016
For many of us in Boulder, we have read much but had little reason to visit the area called Boulder Junction. We just discovered a delicious reason, provided you let your tastebuds take charge.
According to the city’s website, “Boulder Junction (previously known as the Transit Village) is a 160-acre redevelopment area located in the geographic center of the community, connecting west and east Boulder. It is becoming a state-of-the-art, transit-oriented development that features a bus rapid transit (BRT) station and residential, commercial, and retail space. The centerpiece of this area will be RTD’s underground bus facility opening this summer and located adjacent to the new Hyatt Place Hotel.“
This all takes place between 30th Street and the railroad tracks and centered on Pearl Street. Frankly, the details and the developments seem to run together in one big construction mess. We know the Hyatt Place is operating and there appear to be a number of condo units nearby – there are, in reality, six separate mixed-use developments completed or in the works, not including the gigantic new Google campus practically across the street.
But there is one little gem that makes it worth your while to visit Boulder Junction: the Roadhouse Boulder Depot restaurant. The historic train depot building was built in 1890 in downtown Boulder but saw its last train in 1957. It was purchased by the Boulder Jaycees in 1973 to save it, moved to its current location just north of 31st and Pearl Streets in 2008, and sat empty until the Roadhouse opened late last year.