Flagstaff House's Epic Redesign & New Menu
It's been a crazy eight months for Boulder's Flagstaff House. The restaurant, perched spectacularly on a cliff overlooking the city, narrowly escaped the September floods thanks to sandbags which directed water away from the building. Then in January, the Monette family, which has owned the restaurant for more than 40 years, shuttered Flagstaff House for a month to begin a long-planned renovation.
After weeks of resurfacing and rebuilding, the iconic spot just reopened in February to brilliant results. The owners removed a central dividing wall, changing the space considerably with an open floor plan. The former oak accents on the walls are replaced with cherry wood and stone. A wall of wine in the entrance looks more bright and contemporary. Chairs sport a spunky new maroon patterned upholstery and a prize, colorful vase that Don Monette found in Australia is prominently displayed up front.
Now about the food: executive chef Mark Monette, chef de cuisine Chris Royster and cellar master Melanie Kaman recently returned from an eating trip through Europe, which has inspired the menu to hit new high notes. Take a look through some of our favorite bites and highlights of the new design below. And do make a note that the patio opens up around Memorial Day, complete with Flagstaff's new small plates happy hour.