Boulder’s New Backyard – Now Open

The Odds of Success: Pretty Darn Good

If you offer all things Boulder loves in one centrally located place, chances are people will come.

And come they did.

An estimated 1,500 people streamed in throughout Friday’s opening day to embrace the long-anticipated Rayback Collective.

They came by bike. They walked. They skateboarded and bussed. And yes, some even drove.

An estimated 1,500 came to the Rayback on opening day, many by bike and on foot.

The scene at the more than 10,000 square foot indoor/outdoor venue can only be described as a natural fit.

The marriage of local craft beer, food trucks, yard games and music, all  in Boulder’s nearly always perfect outdoor climate was jamming with family friendly, easy going fun and a homey community feel.

Cornhole Players

Cornhole Players

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Back-to-back Bocce Ball and Cornhole

Dinner was served by popular food trucks The Bamboo Skewer, Cuban Fusion, Mac Shack and Lomito Gourmet.

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The Bamboo Skewer

Cuban Fusion

Mac Shack

Lomito Gourmet

And with as many as 50 possible trucks opt into the rotation, each day brings a different line-up. The eclectic variety ranges from the best BBQ this side of New Mexico cooked up by Megill Stewart of Big Daddy’s Texas BBQ, to a fine sampling of tacos, burritos and pasta at Los Dos Bros, or French-inspired cuisine served at French Twist.

Big Daddy's Texas BBQ

Big Daddy’s Texas BBQ

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Food truck owner Megill Stewart brings his more than 20 years of BBQing know how to Big Daddy’s Texas BBQ.

The Boulder Source is pleased to honor the Rayback Collective as our Featured Friend for July. Opening night we captured the sights and sounds as Boulder got comfortable quickly in their new communal backyard. Stay tuned for an interview with the co-founders on how sweet it is to see their vision become a reality. And don’t miss our chat with Marian Hejl, granddaughter of the late Marion Rayback who owned the site and its original business, Rayback Plumbing Supply.

Inside bar scene taken at soft launch party.

Inside bar scene taken at soft launch party.

To get the latest on food and happenings, visit the Rayback Collective calendar.