Tom Coohill, Chef/Owner
A chef since 17, Tom Coohill began his love affair with French cuisine at L’Auberge des Champes in Kentucky. Tom trained under Master chefs at the three-star Michelin L’Oustau de Baumaniere in France, the five-star Mobile Le Francais in Illinois and Ma Maison in Los Angeles. In 1992, he opened the highly acclaimed Ciboulette restaurant, which was ranked in the top 10 by the Conde Nast Guide and in the top 25 nationwide by Esquire magazine. Widely featured in the national media - including CNN, The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal - Ciboulette maintained its place as one of America's most popular restaurants by offering masterful dishes of modern French cuisine. From 1995 to 2002, Tom also owned and operated Coohill’s Steakhouse & Bar in Atlanta. The desire to enjoy Colorado’s climate and great outdoors prompted Tom and Diane to relocate to the Mile High City.
Although Tom has won the U.S. Chef’s Open, the Georgia Seafood Challenge, Georgia Chef of the Year and Chain des Rotisseur’s Award for Dedication to Culinary Arts, his most treasured achievement is creating a gratifying culinary experience for all of Coohills’ guests.
Diane Coohill, Owner
Diane’s restaurant experience goes back 25+ years. She founded the Atlanta Catering Managers Association and served on several committees for the Atlanta Restaurant Marketing Association. As the Director of Sales & Catering for the Peasant Restaurant Group’s 19 locations, Diane was recognized as one of the most respected sales professionals in the Atlanta market. In addition, she managed the sales, marketing and special events for Ciboulette and Coohill's Steakhouse while in Atlanta.
Diane’s attention to detail, and her energy and commitment to delivering the ultimate dining experience, will make your event at Coohills a memorable one. (Click here to see the many kudos the restaurant has received since opening in November of 2011.)
Coohills is proud to be a member of Visit Denver, Eat Denver, the Downtown Denver Partnership (Hospitality Committee), The Jewish Food Professionals and LoDo District, Inc., where Diane sits on the Executive Board.
Shayla Englund, Event Coordinator
A Colorado native, Shayla Englund has worked in the restaurant industry for the past 6 years, as a hostess, a server and now holds the title of Event Coordinator. Shayla received her Bachelor's degree in Hospitality, Tourism and Events with a concentration in Event Management from Metro State University of Denver. While completing her degree, she held internship positions for Le Grand Bistro & Oyster Bar, As You Wish Concierge Services, and The American Hotel. Shayla says, "I have always had a passion for the hospitality industry, and have certainly found my niche planning spectacular events for Coohills' guests!"
With a focus on local, regional, and farm-fresh ingredients, Coohills Restaurant and Bar is reminiscent of what you might find in bars and restaurants in Europe. The open kitchen and uniquely modern interior design by award-winning architects Semple Brown underscores Coohills style! Located in the hip Lower Downtown (LoDo) Denver neighborhood, we invite you to pull up to the community table, tuck in at your own intimate table for two or more, or enjoy our outdoor terrace for a spirited drink with one of Denver's only beautiful views of the mountain sunset. Fresh crudo salads, homemade breads, cheese or pate selections, or warm duck leg confit can be served before, during, or even after plates of pasta and fresh seafood, roasted game and meats, and locally-grown vegetables. Our menu reflects the best and freshest foods from each season. Cap off your meal with one (or two) of our delicious, homemade pastries or sorbets. We look forward to seeing you soon!