NICK DOYLE, CO-OWNER & GENERAL MANAGER

Nick has enjoyed more than 25 years collaborating with celebrated local restaurant groups. Most recently, Nick was general manager of The Kitchen in Boulder. Nick attended Colorado State University. His wife Michelle and their two daughters have called Fort Collins home for more than 10 years.

CLAY CONLEY, CO-OWNER & CULINARY DIRECTOR

Two-time James Beard nominee Chef Clay Conley is no stranger to opening and running award-winning restaurants. 2011, Conley opened critically acclaimed Palm Beach restaurants Buccan and Imoto in Palm Beach, FL. Clay’s big-flavor dishes reflect his travels through Italy, Europe and Asia. In 2012, the James Beard Foundation nominated Clay as one of the Best Chef of the South. Clay and his restaurants are featured in national and international media including Travel and Leisure, Boston Globe and USA Today. Clay created Nick’s menu with an eye for classic Italian dishes with a bold, fresh flavors. 

BRIAN SHANER, EXECUTIVE CHEF

Missouri-born Brian Shaner originally moved to Colorado to ski the Rocky Mountains in Vail. In 2012, he traded the mountains for the ocean to move to West Palm Beach, Florida, where he met Clay Conley and began working at Buccan. After less than a year, Shaner was named executive chef at La Playa Hotel in Carmel, CA. Always remembering the passion he felt for Colorado, Shaner decided to relocate to Fort Collins as Nick's chef to plant deep roots here with his wife and nearby family, and to create "simple, honest food."