Projects & Philanthropy

Since Jeff launched the first of many restaurants in 1976, he has continued to form creative partnerships with chefs and explore new ways to elevate the world of food, wine, and placemaking. On a larger scale, he is deeply engaged in revitalizing neighborhoods with transformative projects and supporting communities as a philanthropist.



Jeff is an investor and partner with developer Urban Villages.

Larimer Square

Jeff served as the owner and steward of Larimer Square for 27 years, from 1992 to 2020. During this time, he established the city block’s importance as a community gathering place with the highest concentration of chef-driven restaurants in the country.

Denver Union Station

Jeff served as a principal partner in the restoration of Denver Union Station, where he helped shape the standard for the revitalization of historic transit centers around the country.

Nonprofits & Philanthropy

Good Food 100

Jeff co-founded this nonprofit in Denver in 2016 to help redefine how chefs, restaurants, and food service operations are viewed and valued not just around quality, but also sustainability and the environment, as well as diversity and inclusion.


cra lifetime award

CRA Lifetime Achievement Award

This prestigious awards program celebrates individuals who are devoted to the idea of hospitality and practice it in their daily lives. These outstanding people are recognized throughout the industry for the significant contributions they have made through their leadership, service, and dedication to the food service industry and community.