Where is downtown’s dining scene heading?

Without deviation from the norm, progress is not possible,” said Frank Zappa in 1971, words that would seem to describe downtown Boulder over the last four decades. From the opening of the Pearl Street Mall in 1976 while Americans were continuing to flee inner cities for suburbia to the current nose-thumbing at national chains, the immensely popular downtown area has bucked the trends, following a path unique to Boulder. But the challenge facing the Pearl Street Mall today is the same one the city of Boulder wrestles with — is it in danger of becoming so upscale that it caters to only a select group of residents and visitors?

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