Season 2, Episode 7!
Huge thanks to Larry Herz and the OCN crew for picking up on the awesome things happening at Crush Pizza + Tap! Watch us crush it on season 2, episode 7 of Restaurant Tours!
The brainchild of Jason McGovern, who is Irish, but swears he has pizza in his DNA.
Like many kids, Jason grew up eating a lot of pizza. Friday nights were spent scarfing down slices and watching the latest movie on VHS, both conveniently delivered by the local pizza parlor. Landing jobs as a teenager at a pizza shop inside a water park and later at a national pizza chain, just cemented Jason’s pizza obsession.
Despite a passion for cooking (he was the guy who could always whip something up to eat at a party) and the desire to own his own restaurant, Jason worked in corporate sales after earning a business degree. Still a pizza aficionado, he sampled plenty of local pizzerias and took notes about what he liked to potentially incorporate into his own recipes.
Before long, Jason was making pies at home to share with friends and families. The roots of Crush Pizza + Tap were planted when Jason brought one of his pizzas to a party and a guest asked where she could order his pies. He was soon cranking out pizzas on evenings and weekends to fill orders placed via email. Growing demand forced him to move the fledgling operation out of his home and into a commercial kitchen at a preschool in Northwest Denver.
In 2012, Jason landed his first brick and mortar location inside The Bar Car in Denver’s Congress Park neighborhood and dubbed it Denver Deep Dish. Jason moved the restaurant to Lower Highland in 2014 and recently expanded the brand to include a wider variety of pizza styles.
The name Crush Pizza + Tap reflects how “crushable” the pizza is, but also refers to Jason’s life-long crush on pizza. He hopes that after trying his pizza, you’ll develop one too.