Tusk Alum Sam Smith and Arden’s Kelsey Glasser Are Opening a Build-Your-Own-Bowl Shop

When Kelsey Glasser, the owner of Pearl District wine bar and restaurant Arden, first came up with the idea for her vegetable-centric bowl shop Wild Thing, she had one person in mind: Sam Smith, the then-chef de cuisine at Tusk, known for his elaborate meze, salads, and hummus. “I’ve been thinking about this concept since early 2019 and was in talks with a couple developers back then, but it wasn’t fully formed,” Glasser says. “Sam was always my dream person for the role, but he was at Tusk… I was sifting through options, and then during the pandemic everything was tabled.”

When a developer reached out to Glasser again,

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