John Hickenlooper, the "Aw Shucks" Governor, Lives Up to His Title at Jax

Categories: Culinary Events

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Lauren DeFelippo
As gubernatorial activities go, John Hickenlooper's mission last night was only slightly less hazardous than negotiating an election-year truce with various fracking contingents. Both involved scary liquids, but in this case one far more delicious than the fracking fluid that Hickenlooper once bragged about swigging. Hickenlooper was back at his old stamping ground, at Jax Fish House in LoDo, to greet the crowd and shuck some free oysters for National Oyster Day.

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Back in 1996, when Dave Query's Big Red F group opened the second Jax in what had been LoDo's Terminal Bar, Hickenlooper, a founder of the nearby Wynkoop Brewing Co, lived in the area -- and would come in frequently for a round of late-night oysters, Query remembers. (Hickenlooper also happened to own the parking lot next door where the vehicles of many Jax employees were broken into.)

Hickenlooper recalled those days as he addressed the crowd, reminding them that he'd been called an "aw shucks" politician, lauding Jax for being the only Colorado restaurant to subscribe to Seafood Watch standards, and then grabbing the knife and getting down to work. How did he do? Keep reading for the photographic evidence.

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Nancy Levine
Dave Query offers shucking instructions to the governor.

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Nancy Levine

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Nancy Levine
The "aw, shucks" governor in action.

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Nancy Levine
Oysters shucked, Hickenlooper chats with the crowd.


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Lauren DeFelippo
By the way, on an average week -- say, one when a governor isn't behind the raw bar -- the four Jax Fish House locations shuck a total of 15,400 oysters.



Location Info

Jax Fish House

1539 17th St., Denver, CO

Category: Restaurant


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