Founder of Projects in Seattle: Spur, Tavern Law, The Coterie Room and The Old Sage
Dana Tough has successfully launched four properties and has been recognized for his culinary achievements with honors including being named in the nation's Top Five Chefs (by Gayot), as Rising Star Chefs (by Star Chefs) and with the 2011 Innovation Award from the Seattle Weekly. As evidenced by his nominations as People’s Best New Chefs by the editors of Food & Wine magazine he has been watched closely by foodies who follow his culinary undertakings with a fervent loyalty.
Within a year of opening his first restaurant Spur in Belltown the Chef Owner propelled this gastropub onto Food & Wine magazine's coveted "Go List" of "the most outstanding, must-visit restaurants in the world" plus onto Conde Nast Traveler's "Hot List" of the world's best restaurants. Listed as one of the top gastropubs in the US by Food & Wine Magazine.
The Prohibition-era inspired cocktail bar, Tavern Law (Capitol Hill), has been praised as one of the world’s best cocktail bars and covered in Details magazine, the New York Times, Food & Wine magazine, Forbes, Gourmet Magazine, GQ magazine, the Wall street Journal and the Robb Report.
The Coterie Room was a private party and event venue in Belltown. It opened in 2011 and instantly made it onto the city’s list of the Ten Best Restaurants as determined by Providence Cicero, the restaurant critic of the Seattle Times. Its brunch was applauded in Sunset magazine, its ham cracklins as one of the best dishes of the year in the Seattle Weekly, and its opening as one of the top five of the year according to Seattle Met.
Dana Tough has since moved away from the restaurants which he founded to spend more time with his 3 year old son and he currently spends the majority of his time consulting on projects in both the restaurant industry, Food supply chain and in R&D for food tech companies.