Originally constructed in the early 1900's of log, stone and brick, the building was a stage coach stop. Sometime in the 1940's, it was converted into a restaurant called the Village Inn, then later the Swiss House of Fondue and the name stuck. In 1976, a young kitchen manager named Deno Kutrumbos bought the restaurant, naming it Deno's Swiss House and Coachman Tavern. Over the past four decades Deno has transformed the old building into a historic icon, satisfying thousands of patrons over the years. In 2007, Nick Kutrumbos, then later in 2009, Teddy Kutrumbos become partners with their father. Together they are paving the way for new generations of customers by improving what their father passed on. This second generation business is the longest running family restaurant in Winter Park. We believe that dining at Deno's should not only be full of flavor but also be an experience. We take pride in the details of our service and food while offering our customers great value. After a long day in the mountains, our goal is to provide a warm inviting atmosphere, intended to create long lasting memories.
Deno Kutrumbos was born in 1944, in Asbury Park, New Jersey. He grew up in a small apartment on top of his mother's café, called The Little Campus. Deno quickly attuned to the lifestyle of the restaurant business as he was put to work at a young age. Deno attended the University of Tampa in 1962, and received a Masters from Florida Atlantic University in 1968. Deno moved to Winter Park in the late 60's working as the kitchen manager at the Swiss House and Coachman Tavern. In the summer of 1974, working early in the morning as a foreman on the local dam, he made enough money to buy Deno's Mountain Bistro in 1976. Deno has owned and operated five restaurants in Grand Country over the years. In 2007, Deno was inducted to the Colorado Restaurant Hall of Fame. After years of success he now resides in Colorado and Florida.
Nick Kutrumbos is Deno’s youngest son. He too learned the restaurant business by working at his father's restaurants at a young age. His young life consisted of competitive ski racing and soccer by day, then unknowingly learning everything about his father's business by night. In 2001, Nick studied at the University of Denver, where he honed his business savvy at Daniels College of Business. In 2003 he studied in Florence, Italy focusing on international food and wine. In 2007, due to his father's brief illness, Nick took control of business operations at the age of 24. Nick is currently on the Winter Park Town Council and is involved with various community boards.
Teddy Kutrumbos grew up in Winter Park, also working in the family business. He attended the University of Colorado, quickly graduating with an Engineering degree. Teddy was recruited by Cisco Systems and lived in Santa Cruz in 2000. In California, Teddy was exposed to the farm to table phenomena and northern California's wine county. In 2003, Teddy took an introspective sabbatical in Central America learning about food, drink and the culture. When he returned to the states he owned and operated The Shed Mediterranean Restaurant in Winter Park. In 2009, Teddy became partners with his brother and his father at Deno's Mountain Bistro. Teddy currently consults and constructs restaurants in Denver.