It’s no secret the Gulch is growing. From Adele’s to 404 Kitchen, the dining options read like roll call at the James Beard Foundation. But what’s also happening quietly is the longstanding restaurants, faced with increased competition, are being forced to put up or shutter up, as was the unfortunate case when Rumours unexpectedly closed its doors this fall. Five Dishes recently visited Cantina Laredo and Watermark, two of the Gulch’s veteran restaurants to hear – and taste – what they are doing to spice things up. Literally. More…
Warning: You might call this place Banana Republic before all is said and done. Especially if you did a little indulging of the retail sort the day before you dine.
And if you, like me, tumble over this misnomer by asking the waiter to please “describe the Banana Republic sauce,” then you’ll surely get a hearty chuckle out of it. Savor the laugh, enjoy the moment, then redeem yourself by ordering a Spiked Shake.
As mentioned in our introductions, we all met while working together. Our employer at the time was in the Gulch, which looks very different now than it did six years ago. In fact if I worked in the Gulch right now, I’d have to be delivered to work on one of the train tracks that run through it. Most of the three or four restaurants we frequented have closed (and only one reopened; you go, McDonald’s). Now, it seems there are three to four restaurants per building, and each one is a hit.