Our Own Jason Borders named Denver's Best Manager!!! (Dining Out Magazine)

Denver’s best bartender, server, and manager


By Elizabeth Woessner | Online Editor

We have been thrilled with the incredible response to our Front of House Restaurant Superstars Poll. There are so many people in Denver’s restaurant industry that give of themselves everyday to provide exceptional customer service. From our original list of 18 nominees you voted and selected the crème de la crème of service professionals. We’ve tallied the 17,500-plus votes, and identified the winners, who will receive not only bragging rights, but their choice of gift (Top Taco tickets, a DiningOut Card, or a Mile High Passbook) from all of us at DiningOut magazine.

Without further ado, here are Denver’s best bartender, server, and manager–plus who they are, what people are saying about them, and why impeccable service is important to them. We’ve also included a list of all the nominees for each category, since every single one deserves props!


Denver’s Best Manager

Jason Borders

First Place: Jason Borders
Guard and Grace {1801 California Street; 303.293.8500}
With over 20 years of restaurant experience, Jason has made the hospitality business his career and a highly successful one at that. A Houston native, Jason spent almost two decades in Indianapolis where he was responsible for 15 restaurant openings, before being tapped by Troy Guard to open Guard and Grace, grow the brand, and support his upcoming openings. “I was humbled and excited for the opportunity,” says Borders. “I met Troy’s staff and was blown away by his food, culture, and people. After some long thought, I took a risk for a once-in-a-lifetime chance, packed up myself and my 14-year-old son and moved to Denver.”

What others are saying about him: Chef Troy Guard says, “We’ve been open for a year, have won best steakhouse and best new restaurant, and continually exceed our projections because Jason keeps guests happy and returning. He has a passion for hospitality and is a great leader.”

What Jason has to say: “With over 275 employees, my goals are for the TAG Restaurant Group to be the best damn restaurant company in Denver and Colorado! Troy and I share many of the same thoughts on hospitality, what world class service means, and what makes you successful in this business. It all starts with our seven core values: Passion, Courage, Caring, Harmony, Humility, Ownership, and Imagination. I work daily to coach my team based on those values. I tell them all the time that if we’re going to plate and serve Chef Troy’s amazing food then the service has to be even better. Food will get anyone in the door, but service is what they return for, hands down! At TAG, we recognize our guests are not just another cover count, but the object of our attention and who we answer to.”