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!
Tom Coohill, Chef/Owner
A chef since 17, Tom Coohill began his love affair with French cuisine at L’Auberge des Champs 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.
Since being in Denver, Tom has dabbled in a number of culinary events both here and around the world. He's hosted the Taste of Iceland in Denver in 2012, 2013 and will be hosting again in September 2015. As a guest chef at the 2014 Food & Fun Festival in Reykjavik, Iceland, Tom competed by creating three courses from Icelandic-only ingredients. Most recently, Tom was invited to participate as a guest chef in the Crested Butte Wine & Food Festival in July 2015.
Although Tom has won the U.S. Chef’s Open, the Georgia Seafood Challenge, Georgia Chef of the Year and Chaine des Rotisseurs 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 and has been in this position at Coohills since August of 2013. 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!"
Lucas Chandler, Chef de Cuisine
Lucas is formally the Chef de Cuisine at Il Posto Restaurant in Denver, CO. Starting as a dishwasher at age 15, he has steadily progressed in his craft ever since. While completing a bachelor's degree in Culinary Nutrition at Johnson & Wales University, he completed an internship at the nationally recognized Vista Verde Guest Ranch in Steamboat Springs, CO. This gave him the culinary spark to advance his career and focus on fine dining. Lucas got his start in the Denver restaurant scene working for Mirepoix in Cherry Creek, which at the time was under the same ownership as Adega and Table 6. While he began as a line cook, Lucas progressed to every station, and was able to gain experience in all areas of the kitchen. In between restaurant jobs while finishing school, he completed an internship with Carmichael Training Systems in Colorado Springs, working closely with Lance Armstrong's coach and dietitians, developing specialized diets for athletes. After graduating Summa Cum Laude, he went on to become the personal chef/dietician for Carmelo Anthony of the Denver Nuggets during his Olympic gold medal-winning season in 2008. Having joined Coohills in May 2015, Lucas has had the freedom to create hundreds of dishes for the ever-evolving menu, and has developed an immense respect for seasonal, creative and sustainable food.
Josh Tallent, Bar Manager
Tennessee native, Josh Tallent found Colorado as the perfect home for his outdoor adventures and love for craft breweries. As an industry professional for 10 years, Josh has studied the art of mixology all across the country. Calhouns on the River, an upbeat University of Tennessee brewery, is where his interest originally began in 2006. After spending time building confidence in the art, Josh started utilizing his skill as a mixologist and began traveling the country. His first stop was San Diego where he began working in the eclectic and trendy Hillcrest/NorthPark bar scene.
Natalia Spampinato, Pastry Chef
Natalia got her start at Andre's Swiss Bakery at the age of 19 where she learned how to make traditional European pastries and breads. From there she moved on to Frasca Food and Wine and learned to create desserts of the highest standards and quality of the restaurant. After spending some time at Frasca, she helped open and develop the menu at HiRise Bakery. While there Natalia really gained an understanding of how to operate a high volume bread bakery. She spent the next five years as the pastry chef at Il Posto with stops at TAG, Panzano, and Bittersweet along the way. Since becoming Coohills' pastry chef, Natalia has composed our current private event dessert menu and our ever changing seasonal dessert menu. In house daily, she bakes several varieties of naturally leavened bread for the restaurant. You'll be sure to enjoy at least one of her tasty pastries, breads or desserts when you come in!