With Jax Fish House , Cuba Cuba Sandwicheria , Udi's Cafe Pizza and Bar , and Big Smoke Burger  open and operating at City Set , the new Glendale development is already proving to be a bustling center of restaurant commerce. And it's about to get even better. Kimbal Musk , co-founder of the Kitchen  and its offshoots [Upstairs]  and [Next Door] , has signed a lease for the Kitchen [Next Door] to go in a couple doors down from Jax. The space will include a large patio on the second floor.
The concept—the flagship of which is in Boulder—will remain the same: an affordable community pub with a farm-to-table inspired menu. Although “locally sourced” has become a catch phrase for many chefs and restaurateurs, Musk strictly adheres to the philosophy. So much so that the addition of [Next Door] locations (the pub is also opening in Union Station  in 2014) has created a sourcing challenge. "Where do we get our beef from?” Musk says. “How do we create a supply system [of local, natural, and organic] and do it to scale?"
Aside from the expansion, what's perhaps most interesting about the City Set location is that it will be the first Kitchen concept outside of a true downtown environment. "Where most people walk to our restaurants, this is a driving location," Musk says. "It's also the first time we've worked in a new structure where we'll have to create character."
Look for the Kitchen [Next Door] to open by the end of the year.
More news: On Friday, Musk also announced that the Kitchen will open in Fort Collins at 100 N. College Ave. The opening is slated for March 16, 2014—the date of the Kitchen's 10th anniverary.