Our People

BRETT MANNING

GENERAL MANAGER

Born and raised in Southern California, Brett fell in love with the restaurant industry while working at a local coffee shop called Bean Town during high school—he loved the hustle, the chance to meet new faces every day, and the simple pleasure of making someone’s day with great food and genuine service. He moved out to the Mile High City to play soccer at Metro State and then joined the Jax family as a shucker. After stints at Noodles & Company, Colorado Fusion / Denver Soccer Club, and Chop House DIA, he rejoined the crew at Jax Glendale and worked his way up the ranks.

When he’s not coaching his team to anticipate the needs of guests, you’ll find Brett hanging out with his fiancée, playing or watching soccer, snowboarding in the high country, or taste-testing any new desserts on the menu.

JIMMY ZANON

BAR MANAGER

The creator of some damn fine cocktails, and perfecter of some classics too, barman Jimmy Zanon is equally renowned for his affability, humility, and easy-going attitude. He founded the now world-famous tequila-based bar syllabus at Lola Mexican Fish House and joined the stellar crew at Jax Glendale when they opened their doors in 2013.  He is certified as a 1st Level Court of Masters Sommelier and a Cicerone Beer Server as well as BarSmarts certified and a card carrying member of the Colorado Bartenders Guild.

When he’s not slinging unreal drinks behind the bar at Jax, Jimmy enjoys adventures in the outdoors with his family and volunteering his time and skills to charity events organized by Big Red F.

DAVID ANDERSON

CHEF DE CUISINE

Born and raised in the small coastal town of Ketchikan, Alaska, David grew up hunting, fishing, crabbing and shrimping. He stumbled into the kitchen at age 14, working at a local pizza joint where he fell in love with the people and pace of the industry. After high school, he started cooking full time and never looked back. He graduated with honors from Le Cordon Bleu in Portland Oregon with an Associates of Arts degree, and then traveled to Spain, Italy, India, Germany, Mexico and around the US, soaking up everything he could about the local cuisines. Back in Portland, he worked at and helped open several outstanding restaurants—Southpark Seafood, Blue Hour, Café Azul, Lauro Mediterranean Kitchen, Vindalho, Genoa / Accanto—before moving out to sunny CO where he cooked at Second Home Kitchen & Bar and Emporium Kitchen & Wine Market before joining the family at Jax.

David loves to cook simple, seasonal dishes, borrowing from culinary techniques from around the world. More than anything though, his favorite thing about restaurants is the people that make it hum—from his team of dedicated hosts and chefs to the guests that pull on our doors every day. When he’s not behind the burners at Jax, you’ll find David hanging out with his family, playing golf, brewing, gardening, and cooking. He also enjoys using his talents to give back, doing culinary events and working with other chefs for a cause.