Who We Are

Melissa, John & Ethan

have all worked in the restaurant industry in Estes Park and saw the demand for something different than the traditional mainstays dining establishments. With 50 years of combined experience, the team is beyond excited to be able to take one of the old tried and true establishments through a complete overhaul and bring their ideas, passions, talents to Bird & Jim’s table. Melissa Strong has worked in the Estes Park restaurant industry for 20 years. John, our sommelier, has been a GM at some of Steamboat’s finer establishments.  Chef Ethan Brown, a Texan by birth and alumni of the California Culinary Academy in San Francisco, found Colorado home after internships in Southern California, San Francisco, and Napa Valley. His professional culinary career has taken him to some of California and Colorado’s most exclusive restaurants, and hotels.