Foolish Craig's

Owner: Craig Moelis and Mitch Arden
Opened: April 1998

"I've been in Boulder since 1992. I'm from New York and I came here for my graduate degree. I studied philosophy at CU but my undergraduate degree was in economics. My only restaurant experience came from working at Moe's Bagels during graduate school. There was a lot of luck involved during the first years of being open."

"My partner and I were working at Moe's bagels together when we were thinking about starting this restaurant. I was working on breads for the menu at the new restaurant and I was taking forever to get the poolish right (it's like a starter for dough). My partner asked what was taking me so long, and when I said I was perfecting the poolish, he teased 'Oh it's pretty foolish making poolish'. He's called me 'Foolish Craig' ever since then."

"When we were on a business trip in San Francisco, I took my partner to a couple of restaurants that I liked there. They were very different concepts from anything we had seen in Colorado at the time. We decided to bring some of the ideas back with us and create a place with delicious crepes and yummy sandwiches on home-baked breads."

"When we first opened, Foolish Craig's was counter-service; we didn't even have printed menus. We would give you a toy of some sort with your order. Once the order was ready, we'd come out yelling 'hey, who got the magic wand' or whatever, and that's how we'd deliver food to tables."

"It's hard to believe that we've been here for 17 years now. It's crazy."

"I love Boulder. I left for a short time after graduate school to see if there was anywhere else that I wanted to go, but I quickly realized that Boulder was where I wanted to stay."

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Downtown Boulder/1942 Broadway, Suite 301/Boulder, CO 80302
Phone: 303.449.3774/Fax: 303.449.1582