The Cozy Cottage came into being in 2006 as a collaboration between entrepreneur Jeanette Mueller and her son Michael, wanting to craft an authentic “fresh to table” restaurant. For the first five years it occupied a tiny space on south Downing St. in the DU area of Denver, before moving to the current location on Tennyson St. in the exploding Highlands of Denver. The menu is based upon a restaurant Jeanette ran from 1979-1989 called The Blue Bird Café, a hugely successful eatery in the blossoming Cherry Creek business district. This is where Michael began his journey in the restaurant industry at the age of 8. The restaurant prided itself on the Quality of the food, made from scratch, with the finest quality ingredients. The Cozy Cottage emulates that ideal, with the added emphasis on locally sourced meats and produce.
All our recipes have been handed down from generation to generation. “Fresh to table” means all our food is made “in House”, to order, with the freshest ingredients available. Unfortunately Jeanette left us in October of 2011. Michael carries on more than 30 years of family tradition by providing the finest quality food, served in a warm welcoming atmosphere. The core values of the restaurant are consistency, quality, value, sustainability, and personalized service.
Great food brings people to the table, true hospitality brings them back again and again. We at The Cozy Cottage would like to invite you to come experience for yourself what genuine hospitality is, and enjoy an amazing meal with us. The Cozy Cottage Breakfast & Lunch: sustainability, locally sourced “fresh to table,” genuine hospitality, personalized service, your “home away from home” for dining in the Berkeley Park arts district of North Denver.
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Born and raised in Denver, Jeanette loved the city in which she lived. Her life long passion for food came from cooking with her mother Kathryne. Post-WWII Jeanette’s father Malcolm assumed the head of the Marshall Plan and was relocated to the suburbs of Paris. There she learned techniques in the art of French cuisine from her attending nanny. Eight years later returning from France, she finished her schooling at East Denver High School and eventually Colorado State University. Her love for people drove her to a degree in Occupational Therapy and a career helping others. After an accident in 1980 where she broke her pelvis and was unable to continue in that field. At this turning point, she decided to pursue another passion to serve and began as a restaurateur. In 1979 she took over an ailing restaurant in Cherry Creek called The Bluebird Café. Bringing her love of food and passion for hospitality into the restaurant immediately brought success, and one of the premier Breakfast & Lunch restaurants in Denver was born. She successfully ran the Bluebird until 1989. It was at the Bluebird that she passed on her passion to serve to her daughter Jamie, and son Michael. She and her son Michael became business partners in 1996 at a supper club in Lakewood which ran successfully until 2005. Wanting to return to her roots she and Michael began The Cozy Cottage in 2005 and based it loosely upon the Bluebird Café. Unfortunately, in 2010 Jeanette was diagnosed with terminal lung cancer. In November 2011 Jeanette passed from this world into the arms of her savior Jesus. Her legacy is carried on by her children.
My name is Michael. I was raised in Denver and love the community in which I now serve and live. I began working for my mother Jeanette when I was 8. Her passion for hospitality and love of cooking was amazing and quickly rubbed off on me. I loved cooking with both her and my grandmother Kathryne. Most of my youth was spent in the kitchen by their sides as they taught me to prepare family meals. I became passionate about food and began cooking professionally at the age of 14. I occupied a mainline position at The Bluebird Café by the time I was 15. After attending Colorado State University I returned to Denver and entered into a partnership with my mother for the next 17 years. The Cozy Cottage is a culmination of over 100 years of culinary heritage representing 5 generations of my family. When you eat our homemade strawberry jelly you are tasting a recipe from 1889 created by my great grandmother Summerville. I have taken the tutelage of my mother and added a modern fresh to table philosophy, true hospitality, and my love of Jesus Christ, and created The Cozy Cottage. I am passing on what I have learned to my children, two of which, Liam and Cameron, serve you today. My faith in Jesus is what drives me every day to serve my community in a meaningful way. At the Cozy Cottage not only do we provide fantastic food and great hospitality, but we also serve others by providing mentoring for those who wish to escape alcohol and drug addictions, as well as, for those who wish to escape the revolving door of the prison system. I am grateful to everyone along the way who has provided encouragement and prayers for my success, but most of all I want to think the LORD Jesus Christ who saved me. For Myself, my wife Allison, my son Liam, my son Cameron, my son Weston, my daughter London, and my daughter Brooklyn, we thank you for choosing The Cozy Cottage. May the LORD bless you richly today.
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