We chatted with Josh Dinar, one of the owners of the new space with Working Title Food Group, to get the scoop on what’s new at Boulder Res.
Can you share the story behind Driftwind? How, when and why did it come to be?
Boulder Parks and Recreation, which operates the reservoir, has seen for a long time that the park is this great community asset that’s been underutilized as a recreation area. As part of a master plan, the Parks and Rec Board and City Council approved an improvement to the swim beach area that included this beautiful building, with new showers and bathrooms and a dining area with a full kitchen overlooking the beach.
Their thought was to add a full-service dining amenity that elevated the experience for park visitors. It was designed to be a place where people could relax during or after a day of recreation with a glass of wine and a nice meal. Unfortunately, the opening was delayed by a year due to the onset of COVID, and in the following year, concern from some of those who live closest to the park precluded the issuing of a liquor license for the time being. So, the decision was reached to leave the space available exclusively for private event rentals such as weddings, bar mitzvahs, quinceañeras, reunions, etc., which would allow hosts to procure their own caterers and bring their own alcohol.
What is Driftwind exactly? What should people know about taking advantage of it?
For now, during the summer season, it’s a space where people visiting the reservoir can stop in for light snacks (including gourmet grilled cheese and hotdogs from Ruthie’s Boardwalk Social), and a really unique venue for private events of all kinds. There is an indoor space, a partially covered patio overlooking the beach and a large event tent perfect for ceremonies, cocktail hours and scenic dinners.
If you’ve ever had the pleasure of enjoying the sunset and evening hours at the reservoir, you know how special and unique a location it is, so Driftwind provides this opportunity for an unprecedented event space – that can be as elegant or casual as a party wants to be. We’ve had bands and DJs, dancing on the patio, lounge areas, dining tables set under bistro lights on the patio and parties from 20-person reunion dinners to a beer garden for hundreds.
What does Driftwind look and feel like? What’s the overall vibe?
The views are what make the place most special. Whether on the stone patio overlooking the beach, the grassy cocktail hour courtyard or in the 2,400-square-foot turfed event tent with rustic views of both the water and the mountains, it’s a setting unlike any other in town. The indoor “café” space that flows onto the patio has a full bar set up and a gas fireplace, and it can be decorated as a reception lounge, set up with games, a dance floor or food stations. It’s really something of a flexible blank canvas for events with a one-of-a-kind backdrop.
What’s next for Driftwind? Will you go for another liquor license attempt, or is that no longer an option?
The space will operate as a venue option as described above through at least 2023. No decisions have been made on what the evolution will look like after that as of now.
What’s Driftwind’s connection to Ruthie’s?
Ruthie’s provides a great daytime option for visitors to the reservoir until Labor Day. They are subtenants of the space, operating in partnership with Driftwind.
What types of events can Driftwind host?
The space will be available to anyone looking to host a private event throughout the year. The tent space is heatable, and the indoor space is large enough to seat about 75 guests.