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Pop-Up Restaurant Arrives In Wyoming

Pop-up restaurants and art galleries have been appearing in cities around the country and now the idea is starting to take off in Wyoming.

Laramie chef Lucas Barbulas has two pop-up restaurant events planned in the next couple weeks.  He says the idea of opening a restaurant or art gallery for a single night or a few days is a concept that’s been around for decades.

“It’s an old idea,” he says, “but one that’s been recently more prevalent, especially in the restaurant profession, using either unused restaurants or restaurants that aren’t being used for the day for a specific reason.”

May 1, Barbulas will cater a pop-up art gallery with artist Kelly Dunlap in Laramie’s downtown train depot. And on May 11, he’ll host a Mother’s Day Brunch at Big Dipper ice cream parlor.  Barbulas says he specializes in vegan dishes—although meat is on the menu, too.

Barbulas is currently taking reservations for the Mother’s Day event through his Pop-Up Laramie website.

Melodie Edwards is the host and producer of WPM's award-winning podcast The Modern West. Her Ghost Town(ing) series looks at rural despair and resilience through the lens of her hometown of Walden, Colorado. She has been a radio reporter at WPM since 2013, covering topics from wildlife to Native American issues to agriculture.
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