Kristopher Lincoln – Manager & Owner
Kristopher Lincoln has been intrigued by restaurants since she (yes she!) was 14 years old when she began her career as a bus girl/cashier/cook/hostess (not necessarily in that order) in a small town country club located in her hometown of Denver, North Carolina in 1984. Loving the excitement (and the income) she began waiting tables, tending bar, baking cheesecakes and even helping out in the kitchen as she navigated her way through the Interior Design Program at the University of Nevada. After college, while working as a struggling interior designer, Kristopher worked nights tending bar and waiting tables in several notoriously exciting restaurants. After a move to Colorado in 1994, she once again found herself working as a designer by day and tending bar nights to make ends meet. She made the move to a swanky Cherry Creek Restaurant in 1996 where she met her husband Curtis. “It was love at first sight”. The two found that they had similar values, goals and backgrounds and soon set off to run several internationally known restaurants together in Denver, Vail, Reno, Steamboat, Nantucket, Vegas, Baltimore, and beyond... “I knew that despite my creative side and my degree in design, I wanted to be in the restaurant business and work with my husband. Being married to a chef (and this business) is exciting and awful all rolled into one big ball. Television has made it look glamorous but the truth is that the hours are long and the work is hard, especially for a guy with as much passion as Curtis has. We work hard, we expect the same from our staff and we strive to be the best restaurant that we can possibly be. That does not come readily or easily but we love it anyway. I appreciate my customers and my staff, I like to know when we fall short or when we exceed, it’s the only way to grow and be the best that we can be”. Kristopher took time off over the years to have their 3 children but is very happy to own what she considers to be her “dream restaurant”. “I am so lucky that I am able to balance this crazy life with raising my kids. Living just 3 miles away is pretty awesome and the fact that the kids can walk home from school or get off the bus here is fantastic. Our boys can usually be found doing homework, helping out in the kitchen and in the summer they are most likely found fishing or swimming in the creek. In winter they ice skate at the Lake House or go Ice fishing (uggh). They are always around and I love that they are a part of this, I honestly feel blessed”.
Kristopher was able to use her design background to enhance the already wonderful location. “I tease my mom by telling her that I finally got to use that degree on something for myself.” Kristopher is a familiar face around the restaurant both day and night and says she loves every minute of it, the only thing she would change is that she wants a little more sleep!