Boyle inducted to restaurant hall of fame

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Local radio talk show host Mike Boyle is being honored by the Colorado Restaurant Association for his lifetime commitment to the restaurant industry. Boyle on March 30 will become the latest inductee into the Colorado Restaurant Hall of Fame.

The honor comes after a career in the industry that spans decades.

Boyle began as a restaurant owner in 1978, when he bought a restaurant in the Copper Mountain ski resort. He was ending a career in baseball management and moved to Colorado from his home base in California. The restaurant was the first of three he owned and operated from the mountains to the Front Range. Restaurant management proved a good match for his naturally social personality and marked the beginning of a love affair that today has him supporting the efforts of restaurant owners across the state.

Boyle is host of the Mike Boyle Restaurant Show, which showcases the restaurant and food service industry across the Front Range. He has been on the air since 1991, sharing his views and opinions on local restaurants and industry events.

“I love being around the industry, it’s vibrant and dynamic,” Boyle said. “Most people don’t have time to check out all the new restaurants. It’s great to get on the air and interact with people, doing a good job for restaurants and customers.”

It is that commitment that made his name rise to the top of the 2011 hall of fame nominations. His induction puts him in the company of such food industry luminaries as Gov. John Hickenlooper, who operated Denver’s Wynkoop Brewery, Bruce “Daddy Bruce” Randolph Sr., who rose to Denver fame with his annual Thanksgiving Day outreach, William “Bill” Coors and Kenneth W. Monfort of Greeley’s Monfort meatpacking family.

More than two decades ago, Boyle settled in Castle Rock, where he founded the Taste of Douglas County with friend and local restaurateur John DeLay, records a show for Douglas County Television and runs his radio, internet and on-site restaurant empire. His recent foray in social media in short order netted 1,900 fans and 700 friends on Facebook and more than 2,000 followers on Twitter. The Boyle Lunch Bunch and Supper Club convene about 125 times each year, with lunch and dinner specials at local restaurants. In 2010, about 50,000 people joined Boyle for lunch or dinner, with a Boyle meal deal and live broadcast from each location.

In his down time, Boyle enjoys bicycling and traveling with his daughter, but he doesn’t spend much time in front of the stove. He rarely picks up a frying pan and is loathe to name his favorite restaurant, meal, hamburger, burrito or any other restaurant fare.

“It would be like saying which bottle of wine do you like the most,” he said. “There are just so many good ones to choose from. They are all there to enjoy.”

Boyle will be inducted into the Colorado Restaurant Association Hall of Fame March 30, during a banquet at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in downtown Denver.

“Obviously I’m thrilled and proud, but perhaps more importantly I’m honored that a panel of my industry peers have voted me into the Hall of Fame,” he said. I have always been proud to be associated with other members of the hospitality profession and to bring some measure of joy and information to customers and listeners I have come in contact with.”

For more information visit Boyle’s website at www.mikeboyle.com.

“It would be like saying which bottle of wine do you like the most,” he said. “There are just so many good ones to choose from.”

Restaurant talk show host Mike Boyle, on his favorite food pick.

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