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Colterra rebuild mired in confusion


October 18, 2018

Photo by Karen Copperberg Colterra Food and Wine in Niwot suffered extensive damage due to a fire in the early morning hours of Wednesday, Oct 18. Although confined mostly to the kitchen and rafters above it, the restaurant will be closed until further notice. Building inspectors have posted an unsafe to enter sign on the front door.

Owing to a surprise six-month development moratorium imposed on Sept. 20 by the Boulder County Commissioners for the Niwot Rural Community District (NRCD), Bradford Heap, owner of Colterra Restaurant, a mainstay in the Old Town commercial area, stated, “The moratorium is preventing me from reopening [Colterra] and that’s what I know. That’s a fact. I can’t go into the particulars, but there are a lot of things.”

Colterra, which opened in 2005, suffered fire damage to the kitchen in early morning hours and was subsequently shuttered in Oct. 2017. It sits on the corner of Franklin...

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