Who We Are, Where We Are, Why We Are

A few things that will always go together at Oskar Blues Fooderies: Craft Beer, Fresh Ingredients, Live Music and our Family & Friends.

These core values are what we’ve rooted our brand in ever since our founder, Dale Katechis, opened the doors to the very first Oskar Blues restaurant in Lyons, Colorado in 1997. Dale’s Southern roots and previous experience in the restaurant industry led him to create a spot that locals and visitors alike could rely on for delicious food, cold beer and live entertainment; a place that would inspire his passion for brewing and spark the craft-beer-in-a-can craze that would eventually make Oskar Blues famous.

Even though Dale was a born-and-bred restaurant guy, he began focusing more of his efforts on the brewery realm when flagship Dale’s Pale Ale took off. The man known for spinning many plates decided to hand the restaurant ownership over to his wife so he could keep the brewery truckin’ forward. In 2008, about a year after the Longmont brewery expansion, Anita Gray partnered on the restaurant side and Homemade Liquids and Solids (aka HMLS) was born. Experiencing first-hand the potential in this hometown soul-filled juke joint made it easy for her to push in her chips & buckle up for a wild ride!

During the opening phase of HMLS in 2009, the restaurant partners knew they needed a back-of-the-house specialist to fill in the blanks. Enter Chef Jason Rogers. After years of working his way through kitchens nationwide and learning from some of the best Chefs in the biz, life led Jason to the funky town of Lyons where he met Dale

and the OB family, and the rest, as they say, is history.

Combining their entrepreneurial spirits, Jason and Anita purchased a food truck in 2011, named it the “BONE WAGON” and the “CHUBurger” was born. When supply simply couldn’t keep up with demand, the need to build a restaurant around the popular concept was more than apparent. So in 2013, Jason became the third restaurant partner and the doors were opened to the first CHUBurger Craft Casual foodery. Not a year later, on opening day 2014, a second CHUBurger launched on the rooftop of Coors Field, allowing our local gem to get big-city attention.

True to form, Oskar Blues Fooderies couldn’t leave well-enough alone. Also in 2014, we opened CYCLCHOPS Bike CANtina, our first south-of-the-border concept in Longmont – the extraordinary town that continues to open its arms to all-things OB. CYCLHOPS combines the love of tasty, fresh taqueria-style eats, with our other beloveds: beer and bikes (oh yeah, and tequila too!). Our CANtina quickly becomes a favorite to anyone that walks through the door and continues to push the limits of traditional and trend-setting.

In 2015, we’ve been focusing on our distinct brands and offering consistency throughout our stores and products. With the official launch of Oskar Blues Fooderies, we hope to solidify our individual brand identities and strengthen the company as a whole. We know the future holds thoughtful expansion of our core brands as well as new concepts yet to be hatched.

So, what’s next?! There’s only one way to find out … stay tuned for updates!

Craft Beer, Fresh Ingredients, Live Music and our Family & Friends.

Jason Rogers

“I’ve been working in kitchens since 1988. I was 13 years old washing dishes at the “Iron Skillet”. This, along with other elements of life, instilled in me a tremendous work ethic that I continue to rely on today. I made the decision to become a professional chef in 1996 and truly never looked back. This career has taken me all over the country and to Italy for a few brief but magical tours that forever changed my mind about the food industry. My career choices over the past 17 years have allowed me to work in Colorado, give my family stability, learn something new every day and have a lot of fun. Along the way, I have made some incredible connections throughout this state as well as nationwide, while creating a product that fits into my owner’s and corporation’s vision. Recently, I’ve been blessed to be on the business development and concept creation side of the business, becoming an equitable partner and focusing on my current goal of expanding Oskar Blues Fooderies. Contract negotiations, site selection and concept “tooling” are my current duties, along with all aspects of running a successful restaurant group. I drive budgets, and keep it inspiring and fun!”

Anita Gray

“Like so many of us, my first job was working in the fast food industry at 15 years old. I can’t recall not having a job, whether full or part-time, in the food and beverage industry ever since! I started out in full service restaurants in my late teens as a busser and worked my way through every front of house position and learned the ins and outs of the back of house over the years. Working behind the bar became my home for over 20 years. I loved the energy , the people and the opportunity to build a loyal clientele by providing great service. In 2004, I accepted a bartending position at Oskar Blues Grill & Brew in Lyons. It didn’t take long for me to figure out there was something magical about this place. I fell in love with the culture, the people and the tiny town of Lyons that set me on my current career path. I later became the General Manager of that location, and in 2008, I became a partner and opened our 2nd store in Longmont. Today, we have 3 concepts, 4 restaurants and an amazing group of people who bring their best every day. My favorite part of my job is providing people opportunities, helping them develop and watching them grow. As we continue to grow, I hope to instill the culture of this great company into each new person that embarks on this crazy journey with us! I still enjoy the day-to-day operations of our business and love interacting with our guests while learning how we can better serve them.”