In 2018 Hearth and Hill represented Brooks’s entrée into restaurant ownership, a lifelong dream, which has evolved into Leave Room for Dessert Eateries, now including two new properties that opened in 2022: nearby Hill’s Kitchen café & catering, and Urban Hill, a fine-dining concept in Salt Lake City’s Post District.
In 2008, the La Canada, CA native received his Restaurant and Hotel Management degree from the University of Denver, after which the new Montage Beverly Hills hotel hired him to launch its Conservatory Grill. Just a year later, Brooks was tapped to run the room service and amenity program, followed in 2010 by a move to the new Montage Deer Valley, where he managed Daly’s Pub & Rec.
In 2013, Brooks was recruited to Zoom, the Sundance Resort property on Main Street, where he and his team resurrected this landmark restaurant’s fortunes. In late 2015, Brooks and his wife Catherine moved to Maui, where Brooks served as an Assistant General Manager at famed restaurateur Peter Merriman’s eponymous oceanside restaurant.
In late 2017, Brooks and Catherine, and their dog Boone, returned home to Park City, in part to pursue Brooks’s goal of starting his own restaurant. In 2019 they welcomed a baby boy, Callen, and afterwards adopted a second dog, Rosie. Through all the growth and activity, Brooks keeps his feet firmly grounded: “I’m grateful and humbled by the opportunity to affect positively so many lives in a community I love, starting with our associates. Each day, I’m driven by the desire to make our eateries popular gathering spots for every resident and visitor to the area.”