Coohills, which opened in LoDo at the beginning of November, isn't a fine-dining restaurant; instead, it's an upscale, neighborhood-y joint meant to lure in all kinds of patrons. "Back in the '90s, our check average would be $80 to $100 per person," Diane told me when I talked to her about the realities of opening a Denver restaurant in 2011. "It's not nearly that much now. We're seeing people from all income levels coming in. They can make it a fine-dining experience, or order mini-burgers and flatbread pizza and have a beer. It's still fine-dining service, though, and we're not compromising the food."
They've already netted a crowd of regulars as a result: Coohills is nearly always packed.
For this week's review, I hung out at this restaurant on the banks of Cherry Creek, sampling dishes from Tom's menu that fall somewhere between bistro fare and high-end European gastronomy.
How was the food? Find out tomorrow, when the review is posted here.