Jax Fish House & Oyster Bar in Colorado Springs is best known for offering the freshest, most sustainable seafood matched by over-the-top hospitality. But COVID-19 necessitated some big changes.
To stay afloat and retain as many employees as possible, Dave Query, the Boulder-based owner of six Jax locations and founder of the Big Red F Restaurant Group, has started operating three ghost kitchens in his downtown location. Each kitchen offers a totally different menu concept that’s available for takeout and delivery.
Hungry for chicken instead of crab cakes and shrimp? Pick up the Post Restaurant’s award-winning fried chicken and beer. Or order from the Tender Project if double-dipped tenders with ThighFries and five “chefy” dipping sauces rock your boat.
In the third ghost kitchen, however, the Lasagna Project serves up a unique concept with a dual purpose.
Every Friday night, you can pick up a cheesy, ready-to-bake lasagna supper with all the fixin’s for your pod, a neighbor in need, or someone who could just use a little TLC. And if you purchase from the Lasagna Project or any of Big Red F’s restaurants, you can also donate $10, $20, or $35, which goes to BRFeeds the Community, providing big platters of soul-nourishing lasagna to those in the community who need it the most. For example, all donations made in Colorado Springs go directly to the Colorado Springs Food Rescue. Already, 2,500 lasagna meals have been distributed throughout Colorado.
In another creative move, Query is side-stepping third-party delivery services and using his own trained staff to package and deliver your takeout. The best news: They’ll deliver alcohol as well—including wine, beer, and cocktails. It’s a win–win. jaxfishhouse.com/colorado-springs