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Denver's Sweet Cooie's Ice Cream

The latest venture for the owner of Little Man Ice Cream graces Congress Park in Denver

By Sarah Ann Noel - April 13, 2017


Our restaurant consultants were delighted to visit Sweet Cooie's in Denver's prestigious Congress Park neighborhood a few weeks ago, not just to sample the latest offerings from the famous Little Man creators, but also to take in the soda fountain inspiration and the history behind the place. 

Decked in bright blue walls; a wallpaper made to look like pressed tin; gold accents and lighting; and a custom-built bar back modeled from old-fashioned ice cream parolors, it goes to show what the aesthetics of a restaurant can do for a guest's experience. When we walked through the doors, Gene Wilder serenading the Willy Wonka theme song over the speakers, we were greeted by the smells of baking waffle cones and a smiling face behind the marble counter. Just like Little Man, Sweet Cooie's offers hand-dipped custom flavors, including vegan options; and this location has expanded into chocolates and other sweets, in an effort to capture that candy shop feel. 

Paul Tamburello, owner of Little Man and other ventures, was inspired to create Sweet Cooie's to honor his mother, and he calls the space "precious" and a "jewel box" that encapsulates her essence. He worked with Melissa Friday of Xan Creative to bring the vision to life, and his mother, Cooie, was even able to aid in some design decisions before she passed away. 

If you're in the Denver area, make it a point to treat yourself at Sweet Cooie's, not just for something delectable, but to go back in time a little bit. Lean back into the sit-n-spin inspired booths and just study the little details--which is exactly what Friday and her design team intended. Consider how to be in a restaurant is an experience for all the senses.

Our restaurant consultants are experts, not just in menu development and business, but can also work with you to create a full-blown aesthetic for your restaurant. Contact us today and let us help you turn your vision into something guests can experience.