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Before Big Red F Dave Query cooked aboard Malcolm Forbesrsquo yacht
<p>Before Big Red F, Dave Query cooked aboard Malcolm Forbes&rsquo; yacht.</p>

2015 RH 25: Big Red F Restaurant Group

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Headquarters: Boulder, CO

Annual Sales: $32 million

Units: 10

Key Personnel:
• Dave Query, chef/owner

• Centro Latin Kitchen & Refreshment Palace (straightforward Mexican in Boulder)
• Lola Mexican Fish House (coastal Mexican in Denver)
• The Post Brewing Company & GoodBird Kitchen (fried and rotisserie bird with all the fixins, in Lafayette, CO)
• The West End Tavern (28-year-old burger and bourbon joint in downtown Boulder)
• Zolo Grill (21-year-old Southwestern grill)

• Jax Fish House & Oyster Bar (five units; selected forTop 25 Seafood Restaurants in America by Travel and Leisure)

• More units of Goodbird Kitchen and Jax Fish House coming

There are business guys, there are chefs and then there are business guy chefs like Dave Query. For more than 20 years he’s opened a glorious array of restaurants that produce some of the most craveable food imaginable. He’s a CIA-trained chef who came out swinging with Zolo, which serves Southwestern cuisine and followed that with Jax, an expansion vehicle that got its start in a building where Jack Kerouac once lived and Tom Waits wrote a song about. He stretched his wings further with a Mexican restaurant, followed by a coastal Mexican concept and then a great barbecue, burgers and bourbon spot. He also opened a mixology place called Bitter Bar and followed that with a craft beer joint that serves killer fried chicken. His partner there is the former brewmaster of Dogfish Head. Query is a seasoned vet who’s got Denver wired and now he’s stretching his brand of love to other cities that will be better off with his arrival.

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