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.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.