Garrett’s Blog

 One of the goals of our blog is to help give our readers and our customers a window into our little world. For this blog we sat down with Garret McGovern, our kitchen manager here at Jack’s and Steamers Coffee House.

When did you start working at Jack’s? I started in September of 2011 as a line cook.

 How did you get into cooking? I started cooking at my mom’s catering company when I was 10 years old in New Hampshire.

 Where else have you worked? In Denver I have worked at Fado, The Wynkoop, Andrews, and the Grandview.

When you first started working at Jacks what was your first impression?  When I first started working here I thought, “What the heck have I got myself into?” I started working here as a line cook and it was kind of a risk to start working at a tiny neighborhood place but I really believed that it was something special.

 Was it hard to get used to working in a kitchen with adults with developmental disabilities? It was really fun and really different and actually not as hard of a transition as you might think. It’s fun to work side by side with them and to try to explore what their special skill is and working to expand and develop their skills which benefits the over-all flow of the whole restaurant.

What is your favorite thing about working at such a unique place? There is never a dull moment at Jack’s. We have a very eclectic set of personalities here.

What’s your favorite thing to cook? My favorite thing to cook is probably seafood because I grew up on the east coast. It’s also my personal mission to bring fresh quality ingredients to our little neighborhood.

Is there anything you think customers should know about Jack’s that they might not know? In the future at Jack’s we are going to be bringing a lot of new exciting food to our little neighborhood. For example we’d like to offer more steak, more seafood and more home-style pub food.

What else is coming up for Jack’s and Steamers? With the addition of our prep kitchen we’re trying to expand into the wholesale market and hopefully maybe taking on a couple food trucks.

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When did you start working at steamers?

I just to start working at steamers around 8 to 12

I just to do access a ride from the first bank all Mondays

I just use to work on Mondays and Thursdays when the schedule was changed last years ago.

Bill and Laura and Mary use to get me from steamers on Thursdays.

I just use to work at steamers for four years.


What is your favorite job at steamers?

I just use to rinse the dishes on Thursdays.

I just use to wait for the dishes to come so I can rinse for so more dishes.

I just use to do the dishes with Amy and then I just use to put dishes away too.


Who are your friends at steamers?

I just use to meet new friends at steamers

I just use to like our friends is Amy, Cassie, Karen, Quiana, Natedogg, Keith, Tiger, Jay, Elsa, Nicole, and Sharvetta too.

What other jobs do you do at Steamers?

I just use to make some sweet and sour, make some jam, and make treats

I just use to put some berries in the jams when it looks very well but not bad

I just use to cook it and stir it and put it in the jam jars

I just work with Jenni Martines on making jam for my sisters wedding.

I just use to send those jams to everybody.

I just use to do the lemons and limes for the sweet and sour

I just use to cut some vegetables and some fruit .