Joe Pettenger

Joe Pettenger grew up in Arvada and has spent 15 years in the restaurant industry. He got his start in the kitchen at Buffalo Wild Wings but he quickly realized his strength was in the front of the house. He moved to serving and bartending and after four years at the franchise, he helped Frank Bonanno open Osteria Marco in Larimer Square. He served and bartended at the pizzeria but Bonanno recognized Pettenger’s propensity for leadership and promoted him to lead server and shift supervisor. Pettenger then assumed the assistant general manager and wine buyer positions and eventually went on to spend five years as Osteria’s general manager. In 2010, he helped open Lou’s Food Bar and stayed on as general manager for a year before returning to Osteria Marco. In 2014, Pettenger and his childhood friend Taylor Drew become partners in LoHi SteakBar.