“Whether it’s the guy who loves burgers, wings and beer or his friend who’s a hardcore vegan I love that they’re eating at the same restaurant from the same menu,” says Ruch, owner and executive chef. Ruch moved with her family to Boulder from Arizona in 2007 after being diagnosed with Celiac Disease and Multiple Sclerosis. She said, “It was the right time to pursue a radical life change.” She started teaching holistic nutrition courses at Bauman College’s Boulder branch before seeing a need for an affordable, healthy restaurant with options for every type of diet.
Fresh Thymes focuses on organic, local and seasonal food in a cute, fast-casual setting. Ruch’s goal is to get everybody to eat more vegetables while supporting their own food goals. Whether it’s training for a triathlon or catering to food allergies, she says that “everyone has something that food translates to support that health goal.” While the entire restaurant is gluten-free she doesn’t want to be known as a gluten-free restaurant. “I just want everybody to eat good food.”
Their menu includes flavors from around the world and changes four times per year according to the season. Some of the kitchen items that stick around all year long are the Diva Salad ($13.50), the Gold Bowl ($12.75) and the dragon tacos ($13.25) but the grilled cauliflower tacos ($11.75) are also a crowd favorite. In addition to their made-to-order menu, they also offer pre-made counter selections, including a dessert bar, that Ruch says are actually the most popular menu items.