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!


Angella Jimenez

Angella Jimenez

Jill of All Trades

Angella, is the KTM Restaurant Group Director of Administration. Ms. Jimenez brings over 11 years of management experience to KTM. From Human Resources to Director of Operations Angella has done it all. Angella started her professional career within Escrow and quickly moved into management. The Real Estate industry opened many doors to her over the years, allowing her to not only grow her knowledge, but it also offered her valuable experiences. Her first love, restaurants, has always held a special place in her heart though. Like many poor college students, she worked in restaurants to pay the bills. Hosting, bussing, serving and her absolute favorite, bartentending! She has been continually recognized (by her employers and staff) for her diligence and commitment. When Angella is not putting in hours at the office she enjoys riding motorcycles and attending events for local charities she is proud to support. 

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.


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.


 Dustin Maldonado

J Jenson

Bar Manager


J. Jenson wants a high-paying marketing job, but needs a business degree first. Working as a bartender to pay for college, Jenson is mentored by his veteran boss, Brian Smith. Together, their showy tricks and charisma command large crowds and tip payments–until Jenson and the cynical Smith have a falling out. Jenson moves to Colorado to raise enough money to open his own bar, where he falls in love with artist Jordan Mooney.


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