Last year, on the solstice, Nicole Tribble and her husband, Christian, decided go into the restaurant business. On Wednesday, exactly a year later, their vision The Living Tree, Live Foods Salad Bar opened on Main Avenue.
“I have been to places where you get to design your own salad, and I really like that concept, and I thought that Durango would enjoy that,” owner Nicole Tribble said.
So Tribble and her husband renovated the space formerly occupied by Giddy-Up 409 near Seventh Street – putting in a kitchen, salad bar and an airy seating area, with a view of the Strater Hotel.
In addition to the build-your-own salad, the restaurant offers four standards, the Vietnamese, Cobb, Taco and Classic Caesar. All but the Caesar includes a meat.
“If I keep it really simple, it’s really fresh,” she said.
Live foods, those cultured and fermented, are also a core part of the menu, and Tribble wants these options to promote digestive health.
“I know that I have benefited from that, and I want to share that with others and have everyone improve their health by eating cultured foods,” she said.
Kombucha, a fermented tea, is on draft and carbonated. The restaurant offers two flavors, an apple ginger and a jun, which is made locally with honey.
Tribble also plans to keep three fermented vegetables as part of the salad bar at all times. She started with kimchi, dilly beets and fennel carrots. But she expects to rotate them regularly. The dressings are also cultured.
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