If you’ve joined us for a meal or even merely passed by Blue Plate this summer, you’ve probably noticed our unique new seating area: The Orchard.
Simply step up off the walkway onto the grass to enjoy an airy luncheon or a romantic dinner under our canopy of crab apple trees. Our orchard has quickly become one of the hottest spots in town to eat a great meal with good friends in the fresh Rocky Mountain air.
The Origin Story
We were fortunate enough to acquire our orchard seating from a very unfortunate incident: A car crash.
It was 7 am, and a young man experienced a seizure as he was driving past our East patio where our gondolas now sit. His car swerved and crashed into the 2-story pillar that bolsters the third floor of our building.
The car was in pieces (we found a side mirror in one of our planters that was more than 50 feet away!), our patio was a disaster zone, and we were honestly afraid the offices upstairs were going to tumble down on top of us.
But overall, we were very lucky. The driver didn’t sustain any major injuries. There was no one at the restaurant – for which we are extremely thankful because if this had happened later in the day, it’s very likely guests would have been dining in the line of destruction. And ultimately, the building did not come crashing down.
We could not, however, use our East patio until the column was fully repaired (which of course took months to accomplish), so Blue Plate’s resourceful owner Elli Roustom kindly asked the town of Avon if we could use the quaint grassy knoll in front of the restaurant as additional seating. They agreed to the request, and our lovely orchard area was born.
I don’t know if you believe in magic, but if you don’t, our orchard seating may just change your mind.
During the daytime, our spattering of crab apple trees provide the perfect shade but still allow for a nice light breeze. It’s a peaceful place to meet for a quick business luncheon or sit back, relax & share a bottle of afternoon rosé with the gals.
In the evening, the entire grove becomes even more magnificent. Just as the sun sets, the trees light up with twinkling fairy lights and our staff brings candles around to the tables. It’s seriously as romantic as a romantic dinner could be.
I’m not sure if you know this about us, but we enjoy hosting larger groups for events such as wedding rehearsal dinners, baby & bridal showers and office holiday parties. And let me tell you, the Orchard is the perfect place for any special occasion (in the summertime, that is).
Located in a fenced-in area that’s separate from our restaurant & other patios, it provides a wonderful amount of seclusion and privacy for special events. (It nearly boasts a VIP vibe – you might as well bring your own red carpet.)
We enjoy working with you to provide the best seating arrangements and table decorations for your party, as well as create a special menu that’s perfect for your guests.
If you have not had the chance to enjoy our amazing Orchard, you should definitely stop by soon! It’s only available as long as our amazing Colorado summer lasts – which as you know in Colorado, this could be as long as October, or it could end tomorrow.
The Orchard seating fills up quickly, so make a reservation to ensure your seats!