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Mr. Coyle

Jeffrey Coyle

Director of Food & Beverage, Doubletree by Hilton Denver Tech Center

Learning hard work while growing up on a beef farm in rural Wisconsin, Jeffrey Coyle was always in the kitchen as a boy, helping his mom prepare meals after all chores were done.  He chose to attend UW-Oshkosh to study Communications and play baseball.  After giving up his dreams of playing on the diamond, he started tending bar and fell in love with the industry. 

After graduation, Mr. Coyle moved to Milwaukee and started working at various restaurants before opening Vivo Urban Grill as the General Manager.  After two years, Mr. Coyle took a break from the business to get involved with a boutique wine distributor, selling high end wines for five years. 

Answering the call of the hospitality industry, Mr. Coyle returned to restaurants as General Manager at NStars restaurant group for Harry's Bar and Grill, while assisting at the company's other two restaurants The Knick and The North Shore Bistro.  Upon hearing about the opening of a full-service Marriott in downtown Milwaukee, Mr. Coyle made the jump from restaurants to hotels as the opening Food and Beverage Manager. 

In 2013, Marriott Milwaukee Downtown was recognized through guest satisfaction surveys as the #1 lunch and dinner service hotel in all North American properties.  Mr. Coyle quickly became involved in a task force role, assisting in opening or rebranding four hotel restaurants in two years. 

It took little convincing for Mr. Coyle to move to Denver in early 2015, where he became the Director of F&B for the Hilton Garden Inn Denver Downtown, a Stonebridge Company hotel, where he worked for two and a half years.  Through his leadership, the hotel was recognized as one of the top most-improved breakfast service hotels in the entire HGI brand in 2017.  In March of 2018, he moved to his current position, the Doubletree by Hilton Denver Tech Center, also operated by Stonebridge, as Director of F&B, overseeing 24,000 sq feet of event space and a full-service restaurant called Zink Kitchen and Bar. 

Mr. Coyle currently lives in the River North area of Denver, (conveniently located within walking distance of Coors Field, of course!) with his girlfriend, Elena. 


Please visit http://www.hilton.com for more information.

Mr. Coyle can be contacted at 303-253-3806 or jeffrey.coyle@hilton.com

Coming up in August 2020...

Food & Beverage: New Technological Innovations

In the past few years, hotel food and beverage departments have experienced significant growth. Managers are realizing just how much revenue potential this sector holds, both in terms of additional revenue and as a means to enhance the guest experience. As a result, substantial investments are being made in F&B operations as a way to satisfy hotel guests but also to keep pace with the competition. Though it has been a trend for many years, the Farm-to-Table movement shows no signs of abating. Hotel chains are abandoning corporate restaurants and are instead partnering with local chefs to create locally-influenced dining options. Local, farm-sourced ingredients paired with specialty beverages or local wine also satisfies the increasing demand from Millennial travelers who are eager to travel sustainably and contribute to a positive impact. A farm-to-table F&B program also helps to support the local economy, which builds community goodwill. Also popular are "Self-Serv" and "Grab & Go" options. These concepts stem from an awareness that a guest's time is limited and if a hotel can supply them with fast, fresh, food and beverage choices, then so much the better for them. Plus, by placing these specialty kiosks in areas that might be traditionally under-utilized (the lobby, for instance), they can become popular destination locations. Of course, there are new technological innovations as well. In-room, on-screen menus allow guests to order from any restaurant on the property, and some hotels are partnering with delivery companies that make it possible for guests to order food from any restaurant in the area. Also, many hotels are implementing in-room, voice-activated devices, so ordering food via an AI-powered assistant will soon become mainstream as well. The August issue of the Hotel Business Review will report on these developments and document what some leading hotels are doing to expand this area of their business.