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Team

Keegan Gerhard

PASTRY CHEF/OWNER

Lisa Bailey

PASTRY CHEF/OWNER

Sometimes what defines a person is not always obvious. Not the case with Lisa Bailey. She is a Texan through and through- born and raised in Brazoria, TX. Being from the south it is no surprise that food and hospitality are her greatest passions! Lisa’s love of cooking was inspired at an early age by episodes of “Julia Child” and “Great Chefs of The West” . Visits with her grandmother in southern Louisiana just affirmed her love of copper pots, KitchenAid mixers and the refined southern cuisine that her grandmother prepared so effortlessly. At age 12, Lisa wrote a poem entitled “ A Chef Is What I Want To Be” and her future became clear. After graduating high school, Lisa won the Anne Criswell scholarship to attend the Art Institute of Houston. During school Lisa had the opportunity to work in the pristine kitchens of the Houston Country Club and Four Seasons Hotel Houston where her love of pastry was ignited. In 2003 she continued her career as pastry chef for John Harris at “Lilette Restaurant” in New Orleans . After New Orleans, Lisa once again joined the team at the Four Seasons Las Vegas before becoming the opening pastry chef for “Corsa” restaurant at the Wynn Las Vegas. It was during their time in Vegas that Lisa, and now husband - Keegan Gerhard, realized that their dream of opening a place of their own was becoming a possibility. In 2008, Lisa and Keegan brought their dream to reality with the opening of “D Bar Desserts” in Denver, Colorado. Lisa was quickly named best new pastry chef in Denver by local media and D Bar named top 10 best new restaurants in Denver by 5280 magazine in its opening year. D Bar has been awarded People’s Choice Best Desserts in Denver every year since it’s opening. In 2015, Lisa was honored to be named to the “Top 10 Pastry Chefs in America” by Dessert Professional magazine. Her most recent venture is “Füdmill”, a commissary bakery collaboration with her husband Keegan and Chef Alex Seidel. One can only imagine what the future will hold for this talented young woman but one thing is certain – it is sure to be sweet!

Charles Kollmann

General Manager

Charles comes to us from sunny Laguna Beach, California where he was born and raised. He moved to Denver in the summer of 2012, but still considers himself a Californian through and through. Having worked in all areas of the industry since he was 15 years old, Charles honed his front of the house skills and developed his passion for food and beverage while completing college in California’s wine country. “My college experience was much different than the typical college student. Instead of going to frat parties we would go wine tasting at the local wineries. That’s really where my love for wine and fresh ingredients began.” Upon completion of his Bachelors of Landscape Architecture degree from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, he worked for some of the top restaurants up and down the California coast from Ventana Grill in Pismo Beach to top rated Bay area restaurant Perbacco. At one point Charles stepped away from the restaurant industry and decided to pursue a career in landscape architecture but quickly realized that his passion for hospitality out weighed his desire to sit behind a desk. With that he returned to the restaurant industry and quickly worked his way into management. After previously developing the bar program at Parallel Seventeen, we were thrilled to have him join the team managing D Bar's bar program. He remained in that role for about 2 years and during that time demonstrated that he was capable of so much more. At the beginning of 2017 Keegan and Lisa felt he was the right man to lead their team and was named D Bar's General Manager. 

Michelle Guilford

OPERATIONS Manager

Michelle is originally from Albuquerque, NM and moved to Denver by way of Nashville in the early summer of 2008. She sort of happened upon D Bar for dinner in late July shortly after the original location opened. Having just recently moved to Denver and looking for something fun and exciting to do it seemed fate had intervened. She was offered a job by Keegan as he was making her dessert that very night and being a self proclaimed dessert connoisseur she happily accepted. Having dabbled in the restaurant industry and spending most of her time in jobs with a customer service focus she was thrilled to join the D Bar team and help build the brand from the beginning. Coming in as a server she held just about every Front of the House position available, including a stint as Keegan and Lisa’s personal assistant and occasionally getting to help Lisa out with a bit of cake decorating. She even had D Bar participate in her wedding, with Keegan officiating the ceremony and having her reception on the patio at the original D Bar location! She worked at the original D Bar location for over 5 years and after a brief hiatus, realized where her true passion lies and rejoined our team at the new location in March of 2016 as our Retail Manager. With a big smile and an upbeat attitude she is making coffee drinks, scooping gelato, blending milkshakes, taking cake orders, boxing goodies, and generally having a blast over on our retail side of the restaurant. So take a minute, swing by and say hello, because one of our treats will absolutely make your day or someone else’s! “I just love dessert! It’s one of those things in life you can’t help but smile about and being able to make people smile every day is such a simple but wonderful gift.”

Nicholas Morgan

Executive Chef

Food became a big part of Nick’s life from the beginning. Originally hailing from Ogden, Utah, Nick grew up a chubby little kid with a love for food. Growing up he found his favorite thing to do was simply going out to eat at restaurants with his family. Not only the food but the experience and the memories were a quintessential part of life. He spent some time cooking with his family but didn’t realize it was his calling till later in life. When he was 21 years old he moved to Vancouver, BC and attended the Art Institute of Vancouver. After his graduation from culinary school, he moved to Colorado to begin his career. He stumbled into Fruition Restaurant where his true love for cooking and kitchens flourished. He spent several years honing his skills and working with seasonal ingredients and learning new techniques from his talented chefs. He also found a love for working on a farm and making cheese. Not long after he arrived in Denver, he met the love of his life and soon to be wife Mahal. They have built a beautiful life as a pair of industry “Coloradoans” and share a beautiful little boy who brings unending joy and happiness to their lives. In August 2017, Nick started his new role as Executive Chef of D Bar Denver and is extremely excited to be part of the team and develop a portfolio of new and exciting dishes.

Lauren Gentile

Pastry Chef

As a Colorado native from a large family, Lauren quickly saw the joy and happiness food brings to people.  She knew her passion was in pastry when visiting the Denver campus of Johnson and Wales and in 2010 she graduated with a degree in Baking and Pastry. After some time in hotel production at The Inverness Hotel and Conference Center and working at Happy Cakes Bakeshop in Denver, Lauren switched gears and jumped into the restaurant industry. It was a dream come true when Lauren accepted a position at D Bar. Interacting with guests while plating desserts is where Lauren truly shines. After spending some years learning and growing under Chef Keegan and Chef Lisa, Lauren was elevated to D Bar's Pastry Chef. 

"Good food is like music you can taste, color you can smell. There is excellence all around you. You need only be aware to stop and savor it." -Ratatouille

Summer Baker

Restaurant Manager

Summer is a true Colorado native, with a passion for the arts and an insatiable appetite for knowledge. She had always intended to curate a career for herself rooted in the traditional arts, but soon after obtaining a position as a restaurant host in the bustling heart of Downtown Denver, she found herself infatuated with the industry. She then took it upon herself to grow into the Denver restaurant scene just as quickly as it seemed to grow around her. She bounced between serving and small managing projects until she was gifted with an opportunity to assist in the opening of a small wine bar and pizzeria. During the months leading to the grand opening, she spent her time developing training materials and coordinating operational logistics, and fell in love with the industry all over again for new and exciting reasons. Here Summer was able to hone her skills as a leader and was able to truly dive into the inner workings of the restaurant scene. She was trained heavily on food and wine and spent much of her free time reading about renowned restaurateurs and scouting local watering holes and diner favorites. As fate would have it, she parted with the freshly opened restaurant a year later to pursue a dream-fulfilling position with D Bar Denver. Returning back to her roots with a host position to start, she quickly made her way onto the management team as D Bar’s Dining Room Manager. Though she has not been working in the industry for long, she knows that she would be hard pressed to find another career that satisfies her hunger for growth and keeps her on her toes with its natural fluidity.

Christopher Stackpole

Restaurant Manager

A native of Maine, Chris joins the D Bar team with a focus on hospitality and the guest experience. With over 10 years of restaurant experience Chris has worked in almost every aspect of restaurant operations, from washing dishes to line cook to serving, and ownership. Chris found his passion for service and hospitality while putting himself through college. Graduating from the University of Maine with a degree in Public Policy and Non-Profit Management Chris quickly found the correlation between providing a great experience and providing a worthy service. Upon a lengthy interview process Chris was offered a position at The Front Porch Piano Bar and Restaurant in Ogunquit, Maine. Offering fresh and unique approaches to some of Southern Maine’s most traditional dishes, The Front Porch gave Chris the platform to discover and hone his passion for service. Wanting to explore the country Chris moved to Denver in late 2012 where he began working for a small restaurant on South Broadway. Starting as a dishwasher, he quickly became a line cook, and then server, and Lead Server. It wasn’t long after that Chris was presented with an opportunity to become part owner, which he happily accepted. Taking a step back from ownership Chris jumped on the opportunity to join the D Bar team and was offered a management opportunity with the renowned dessert destination. Chris is thrilled to be a part of such a great team led by some of Denver’s best culinary minds.

Restaurant Hours

 

Monday

11:00 AM

10:00 PM 

Tuesday

11:00 AM

10:00 PM

Wednesday

11:00 AM

10:00 PM

Thursday

11:00 AM

10:00 PM

Friday

11:00 AM

12:00 AM

Saturday

10:00 AM

12:00 AM 

Sunday

10:00 AM

9:00 PM 

Cafe & Bake Shop Hours

 

Monday

11:00 AM

10:00 PM

Tuesday

11:00 AM

10:00 PM

Wednesday

11:00 AM

10:00 PM

Thursday

11:00 AM

10:00 PM

Friday

11:00 AM

12:00 AM

Saturday

10:00 AM

12:00 AM

Sunday

10:00 AM

9:00 PM