After 26 unimaginably wonderful years, our long and celebrated run at The Zolo Grill has come to an end. Despite our hardest work – the very best food maybe ever these last six months and the continuance of the resonate ZoLoLoVe post-Covid, as well as a solid partnership effort from our landlord Tom Gart in trying to find some firm ground during these shaky times – this is an unavoidable decision. Every one of our current Zolo employees will be finding their way into our other local restaurants over the next few weeks.
When we opened Zolo in 1994, I was following the footsteps of my chef heroes at the time – Jimmy Schmidt, Michael McCarty, Brendan Walsh – in bringing Southwestern cuisine to Boulder. Zolo was the very first restaurant in The Red F Family with a passion for tequila, a fresh shaken margarita and lots of great relationships with all the iconic local farmers at that time. As the eldest of the group, Zolo was a place where we had so many firsts. The culture of hospitality that is deeply rooted in all of our restaurants now, was, in many ways, born at Zolo. Many of our core employees who worked with us for 10, 15, and 20-plus years started at Zolo.
We will cherish the great years and memories we’ve had within these four walls. By our estimation, Zolo has served almost three million meals to friends and regulars and tourists during our tour of duty over the last almost 27 years. First dates, last dates, birthdays, births, deaths, anniversaries, promotion and graduation celebrations, marriage proposals, I hate you divorce tequila shots, and just about anything and everything in between that someone might hoist a glass to. So many college kids who worked with us in the beginning met and married at Zolo and then brought their kids in car seats while they enjoyed dinner and a Zolorita. Later, they came in to eat while their kids bussed and hosted and served, my own children included. I can think of dozens of Zolo weddings and a grip of Zolo kids.
It’s been so fun running a restaurant that crosses generations, and being able to do it in the town I grew up in is an enormous honor and privilege.
Due to this crazy pandemic, we won’t be hosting the sort of burn-down-the-house tequila dance party that we’d like to, but we will be open until Wednesday, November 25th if you’d like to join us for one last plate of the OG chicken enchiladas — Xmas — and a Zolorita or two.
Thank you to all of our guests for your incredible and passionate support of Zolo over these last three decades. And the deepest and most sincere thank you to the many, many, many righteously incredible folks who worked a shift or 5000 at Zolo. You have become such good friends and are such amazing alumni. Every single one of you gave us so much credibility, every single day that you decided to show up to work. I stand in gratitude with a deep curtsy to you all.
Thank you, Boulder. Lights out.
Chief Pot Stirrer
Red F Restaurant Group