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Final Transition to New Ownership

Eric Keffer, Partner and VP of Operations, becomes sole owner

In May of 2014, husband and wife team Greg Cole and Beth Fairbairn, founders of the legendary Cole's Chop House, announced the promotion of Eric Keffer to Partner and VP of Operations. Now, just shy of two years later, Eric, who has worked with Greg and Beth for over 14 years and has co-managed Cole's Chop House for 12 of those years (two of which he was one-third partner), will become the sole owner, effective immediately.

Click below for the Press Release/Annoucement


We offer our congratulations to Sequoia White, a first year culinary student at Napa Valley Cooking School at Napa Valley College, who received the 2015 Cole’s Chop House Culinary Scholarship.

Amber Thoennes, the 2014 scholarship recipient, graduated on October 30, 2015 and will be working at Penrose in Oakland where she served her externship.  Kudos, Amber!

We are honored to partner with Chef Barbara Alexander and the amazing Napa Valley Cooking School.


Eric Keffer Promotion to Partner and VP of Operations.

Husband-and-wife team Greg Cole and Beth Fairbairn have named Eric Keffer a partner and vice president of operations for Cole’s Chop House in downtown Napa. Keffer, who has worked with the restaurant’s founders for over 12 years and has co-managed Cole’s Chop House for nine of those years, will become one-third partner, effective immediately. The remaining two-thirds will continue to be held by Greg and Beth. Click here for the Press Release.

Eric Keffer 

Click here for Eric's bio.

CORK WARS, Featured Sommelier: Jim Gallagher


Jim Gallagher has had the pleasure and luck of working in the Napa Valley for the last twenty years.  He has worked for local chef-owned and operated restaurants in positions ranging from host, to server, to line cook, to general manager.  Jim then ventured into wine sales, providing wines to dozens of top restaurants in Napa and Sonoma Valleys.  After several years of sales, Jim received a call from Greg Cole, chef and owner of Celadon and Cole’s Chop House, both in downtown Napa.  Greg wondered if Jim was tired of having nights and weekends off and if he would come back to the crazy restaurant business to join his team at Cole’s Chop House as the Wine Program Director.  Jim enthusiastically accepted and now maintains an award-winning wine list at one of the most highly-rated steak houses in the Bay Area.

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Chef Greg Cole Featured on


"Greg Cole is a Napa Valley Marquee Chef. His two restaurants in Downtown Napa keep regulars returning for the fresh and lively food, but to his loving and good humored children, he is just dad. There are never too many tomatoes in Greg Cole’s business or his home. He offers two simple recipes plus a seasonal video to make the season of tomato rapture live large in any month...."

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