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.
CHRIS KOHNGENERAL MANAGER
Born and raised in Atwater, MN, Chris made his way to Colorado via Hollywood, where he was a working actor for 10 years. While chasing the spotlight, he balanced his passion for acting with a passion for food, managing a fine dining Italian restaurant downtown. After racking up over 50 TV and commercial credits, he decided to get away from the L.A. grind and give Denver a shot. He worked his way up the ranks of Bonefish Grill, eventually buying in as the managing partner, before joining the family at Jax’s.
Known for his non-stop energy and enthusiasm, Chris leads his team by example—with an infectious smile, lightning speed, and laser focus on whatever comes his way. He believes that hospitality starts in-house, and that if you take care of your people the business will take care of itself.
When he’s not building his team and making new friends at Jax, you’ll find Chris at his other job—taking care of his family. He’s also a huge Oakland Raiders fan, an even bigger Star Wars fan, and he loves heavy metal. Ask him how many times he’s seen Metallica! A true jack-of-all-trades, he also has a BA in communications from the University of New Mexico, has been a member of the Screen Actors Guild for over 20 years, and every weekend he teaches Sunday School at St. Philip Lutheran Church.
The child of foodies, Chelsea Carlton worked in restaurants throughout her high school years in Garrison, New York (where, fun fact, she attended prom with freaking Drake). After graduating from the Rhode Island School of Design with a BFA in textile design, she quickly realized that she didn’t love the process of selling her own art. She took a job with a catering company in New York and soon found that her passion for good design, good people, and good parties made her a great fit for the world of culinary event planning. That passion led Chelsea to Colorado in 2014, where she’s continued to grow her career and plan large-scale events for clients including Twitter, Dead & Company, Sterling-Rice Group, Land Rover, and many more. As Big Red F’s Sales & Catering Manager, Chelsea loves that she gets to provide top-notch eats and hospitality for a wide range of folks.
When she’s not working, you can find Chelsea searching for the perfect pho joint, noshing on strawberry Pop-Tarts® (the un-iced variety, thank you very much), camping, hiking, skiing, and hanging out with her family.