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Cliff Young's Restaurant Consultants

Cliff Young's Restaurant Consultants teaches private restaurateurs to operationalize, with concentration on the four-month period of pre- and post-opening. Focus is placed on attaining and exceeding industry standards, creating a culture of service and sales, including teaching sales techniques and getting the highest possible gains.

Elements of a successful restaurant opening
            Concept Analysis
            Concept Development
            Project Development
            Facility Design
            Kitchen Design
                        Completion Timetables
            Menu Development and Testing
            Wine Program and List
                        Hiring, Training, Employee Manual
                        Key Personnel Headhunting  
                                    Chef, General Manager, Sommelier, Accountant    
            Public Relations and Marketing
                        Planning and Direction
                        Handling Critics
                        Opening Night
            POS System
            Solutions and Models for Increased Profitability, including Controls
            Theft Prevention

Cliff Young
is a nationally-known Denver restaurateur. He has owned and operated many fine-dining restaurants in his career including the five-star, nationally acclaimed “Cliff Young’s.” He is the president of Cliff Young’s Burgundy and Cellars USA, as well as the international consulting firm, Cliff Young's Restaurant Consultants. Known for his community endeavors, he has served as trustee of the Colorado Ballet and C.A.R.E. International. His restaurants have been featured in The New York Times, Bon Appetit, Food & Wine, Wine Spectator, Travel + Leisure, Travel Holiday, Restaurants and Institutions, Food Arts, The Denver Post and Rocky Mountain News. His restaurants are winners of the DiRoNa Award, Holiday Award, Ivy Award Nomination, and both the Mobil and Triple AAA Hospitality Guides.

Cliff Young's Restaurant Consultants
Hall of Fame

menu development

Assignments Restaurant:
Colorado School of Culinary Arts
Fine dining restaurant within a chef school where students prepare cuisine

Avenue Grill
San Francisco-style grill with extraordinary bar
Critically acclaimed

The Cellar
Mountain resort bistro with stylish regional cuisine and noted wine cellar
Featured in 5280 Magazine

Century AdvertisingDiamond Steakhouse
Various restaurant concepts including Italian, Southwest, Supper Club

Cliff Young’s Restaurant
Ultra upscale fine dining, elegant service restaurant with wine program
Recognized in New York Times and Bon Appetit, Gourmet, Holiday, Travel + Leisure and The Wine Spectator magazines; Five Star Status; Wine Spectator Magazine’s Award, 8 Years; Food and Wine Magazine’s DiRoNa Award

Denver Botanic Gardens Café
Indoor/outdoor cuisine for garden patrons and visitors

Denver Polo Classic
High-end annual fundraising event for children’s charities

The Diamond Steakhouse
High end steakhouse with extraordinary fine wine program, steakhouse cuisine with creative twist.
Wine Spectator Magazine Award, 7 years; Rocky Mountain News 4 Stars

Domaine Montagny de Beaune
Luxurious private hotel, winery and resident chef located in Burgundy; winery produces 900 Premier Cru bottles annually; hotel and dining room open on exclusive invitation-only basis; featuring American chef creating fusion cuisine; estate dates from 1256 A.D. and comprises eight acres of orchards, potager, horses, cutting gardens, small lake, three manoir houses and medieval guard tower.
Featured worldwide in Robb Report, Elite Traveler, Aspen, European CEO, and Wine Enthusiast magazines and New York Times

Los Verdes RestaurantThe Cellar
Private Golf Club with cuisine oriented to golfers

Napa Café
Wine bistro with 600 90+-rated wine selections of great quality and elaborate tasting program.
Critically acclaimed in Bon Appetit and Travel + Leisure magazines; earned “Best of the Year.”

Ruby Nightclub
Upscale night club featuring national acts, designed as feeder system to Cliff Young’s Restaurant

Samplings Restaurant
Small plates restaurant with elaborate tasting program of affordable, new world wines
Featured in Sunset Magazine and 5280 Magazine’s annual readers’ survey

Touch Restaurant
Fine dining in the “happening” South Beach style

Cliff Young’s Burgundy
Private club specializing in personalized access to wine culture of France and grand estate lifestyle in Cote d’Or, offering the uninitiated, as well as the connoisseur, the ability to be an insider in this prestigious wine region.
Featured worldwide in Robb Report, Elite Traveler, Aspen, European CEO, and Wine Enthusiast magazines and New York Times


Cliff Young’s Consultants
1222 Glenarm Place, Denver, Colorado 80202,
Phone: (303) 571-4242, Clilff Young Direct: (720) 327-7596 Email: