My name is Maddy Hornecker and I have been working at Jack’s Bar and Grill and Steamers Coffeehouse for the past 4 years. During my time here, I have had numerous jobs, including working in the kitchen, bartending, and serving, working with clients, and now managing. Jack’s and Steamers has become my family, my place of comfort, and has supplied me with the greatest memories. I am writing this blog because my time here has come to an end. In May, I graduated from the University of Northern Colorado with a Mathematics Degree and will be teaching at Evergreen High School come August. I would like to share a little bit about my time here, so the community can see the awesome opportunities and stories this tiny restaurant in Arvada has to offer. When I first started, I did not think this job would see me through my college years. My most fond memories include laughing with the kitchen staff, catching up with regular customers, and having the ability to work with the 80 plus adults with developmental disabilities. This place has truly changed my life. It was here that I learned to appreciate the fact that I have the ability to work. The kitchen staff that I have worked with over the years has always supplied me with many laughs. Whether it’s them cracking a joke because I rang in a ticket weird or it’s a slow night and they are trying to find a way to entertain the staff, they always made sure to put a smile on my face. Some of the regular customers have turned into regular people in my life. If ever I was having a bad day, they were the first to talk it out with me. The people that I had the pleasure of serving have had a great impact on my life. I’ll never forget the twenty dollar bill that was slipped to me a week before I left for college, the wise words of wisdom I needed before a big test, or the simple “How’ve you been” turning into a counseling session that saved me numerous hours of stress. The customers that I have had the pleasure of knowing will forever leave an impact on my life. The clients that I have gotten to know and love will leave the biggest impact on my life. Not only have they helped me…
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.