The Governor’s Park Taco Team


What does it take to be a part of the Governor’s Park Taco Team? Well, read on to see the type of people that we trst to make your experience an amazing one. We pride ourselves on our diverse backgrounds, being energetic and helping everyone sit back and have a good time while eating the best mexican food in Governor’s Park and beyond!


Kevin Morrison

Kevin Morrison

Chef/Owner

Kevin Morrison was the founder of Red Tomato Specialty Produce, serving the independent upscale restaurant industry in Denver, as well as co-founder of the Spicy Pickle Sub Shop and Spicy Pickle Franchising. In 2006 the concept won Nation’s Restaurant News “Hot Concept” award and went public in 2007. Later in ’07 Kevin was the creative force behind Crumb Rustic Bakery, a wholesale bakery that serviced all of Colorado’s Spicy Pickle restaurants. In 2010 Kevin left the restraints of corporate life to develop other grassroots food concepts like Tacos Tequila Whiskey and Poco Torteria.

I like to…


Travel, sail, hang with my family, watch TV. Maybe not in that order.


Little known facts


I go on the log ride with my twin boys but it scares the hell out of me!


Steve Shoemaker

Steve Shoemaker

Director of Tacoperations

Steve comes to KTM from Sysco Foods in Denver, where he spent just over 6 years as a Marketing Associate. During his time at Sysco, he earned awards for excellence and growth and served his customers with integrity and professionalism. He remains a respected leader and resource to his former coworkers. Prior to Sysco, Steve worked with the Hillstone Restaurant Group for nearly 10 years where he learned the importance of standardized systems and team culture.

Growing up in Indiana, Steve spent a lot of time in the outdoors and was fortunate to have a nice 10-acre yard to play football, baseball, soccer, drive golf balls as hard as he wanted and use their tractor to make BMX and RC car tracks. After graduating from Huntington College, Steve attended Johnson & Wales. He participated in the Garnish Your Degree program which earned him his Associates in Culinary Arts.


Little known facts


Steve enjoys skiing, drawing, doing homework (sometimes), camping and sitting around the bonfire with his 2 kids and wife of 14 years.

In High School, Steve worked at a local bike shop starting off as a bike assembler.

Tori Mateer

Tori Mateer

Office Manager



Tori Mateer was born in Des Moines, Iowa and grew up surrounding herself with athletics. Being a four sport athlete has made a huge impact on developing her into the teammate, socialist, leader, and optimistic individual that she is today. Tori has a great passion for working with people and making an impact in any way she can. In 2016 she moved to Colorado falling in love with the mountains and active lifestyle! As well as her strong mid-west mentality she brings very diverse career path with her. 5 years of restaurant experience, 5 years of administrative, 2 years of marketing/events management, 4 years of coaching volleyball. When Tori’s not at work she enjoys

I like to…


traveling, working out, snowboarding, camping, hiking, coaching/playing volleyball, trying new foods, visiting family and of course, drinking colorado beers! She’s always looking for her next adventure!



Brian Smith

Brian Smith

General Manager

Brian Smith was born in Elmhurst, IL and grew up traveling and spending time outdoors. The middle child in a family of 7, he is the considered the smartest, most loved, and favorite child of them all. Brian’s first job was washing dishes in a country western steak bar in his hometown, which was the beginning of his restaurant career. Brian got his degree in Small Business Management and Entrepreneurship from Arizona State University. After 8 years in the desert, he spent a summer in Elfin Cove, AK, fishing for a charter company as a deckhand. After that glorious summer, Brian moved back to Chicago to be a little fish in a big pond. Living and working in the city in various venues, Brian further developed his restaurant skills. He has been with Tacos Tequila Whiskey since April of 2017. The proud parent of a smart, free-loading, and loving reservation dog, he tries to spend as much time outdoors, exploring, and daydreaming as possible. In winter he snowboards and avoids yellow snow. He has been to 14 countries around the world and is always looking for the next experience. Part Democratic and part Laissez-faire in his management style, Brian likes to empower his staff and wants their growth to match their ambition.

I like to…


sail, scuba dive, camp, relax, snowboard, wrestle sharks, and play as much as possible.


Little known facts


He wants to circumnavigate the world.

Tyler Andersen

Tyler Andersen

Assistant General Manager


Tyler is a native Californian and has been apologizing for that since he moved to Denver in 2014. Having spent the last 16 years in restaurants, he is a lifer who loves the industry and getting to provide each guest and employee with a great experience every time they come in to the restaurant. Lover of bourbon and hater of ironic t-shirts, when he’s not at work Tyler can usually be found reading and dreaming about when he can have another shrimp and scallop taco.



Tyler Jeffrey

Tyler Jeffrey

Bar Manager

Tyler Jeffrey was born in Providence Rhode Island where he spent his childhood playing pond hockey and going to Red Sox games with his uncle, all while learning what the ‘East Coast Edge’ was. He and his family moved to Colorado when he was young he and spent his teenage years in Golden, where he attended high school and played football for his schools team. That’s also where he fell in love with the mountains and everything they have to offer. After high school Tyler got his first restaurant job at a little mom and pop pizza shop. It was there that Tyler fell in love with mixology and experimenting with cocktails.

Since then, Tyler has worked at and managed several bars across Denver and even one in Wilmington NC. He has competed in multiple bartending competitions and continues to grow his passion for creating unique and tasty libations. In his free time Tyler likes to skateboard with his pup, preform stand up comedy and spend time with his beautiful girlfriend. Over the next year Tyler intends to travel, including Visiting The home of his People, Ireland.


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