In the mid-90s, Keith was learning his way around the corporate halls of Pizzeria Unos and Houlihans-two high volume corporate establishments in Boston. In 2002, having lived in Colorado for 6 years, Keith discovered Café Coloré in Writer Square was for sale and he jumped on the opportunity. The casual Italian “Café” had a solid following but what it needed was a breath of fresh air, a new prospective to not only keep the regulars coming but to get some new faces in the door as well. He invested much of his time in reworking the restaurant to suit the changing needs of Denver and the dining community. Having enjoyed the success of owning the Café since 2002, by the fall of 2004 he was ready to take the next big step.
Stephanie Bonin grew up in Brattleboro, Vermont. She spent much of her time playing, and eventually working, in her parents’ bookstore, The Book Cellar. She enjoyed three home-cooked meals a day. Independent business and community values were instilled in her at a very young age. She went on to study at the University of Colorado in Boulder and received her degree in sociology and social change leadership, which she used to become the energy lobbyist for Environment Colorado. Although her path didn’t seem destined to make her a restaurant proprietor, her education and core business values ended up being some of her strongest assets in restaurant success.
In November, 2007 Stephanie and Keith welcomed their first daughter, into the world and then in August of 2012 their second; their two biggest investments, and by far largest reward to date. Keith and Stephanie sold Cafe Colore in March of 2011.