Pete & Philippe
CEO/Partner Gastamo Group/ Founder
While growing up in Belgium, Jean-Philippe always had a passion for cooking and the restaurant industry. After graduating from Colorado State University he went on to complete culinary school at the French Culinary Institute in NYC. Philippe cooked at renowned restaurants Daniel, JoJo, and Le Cirque 2000. Upon returning to Denver, Jean-Philippe cooked at fine dining restaurant Mizuna under Frank Bonanno. In 2007, he and Frank opened Osteria Marco, an Italian inspired tavern on Larimer Square. While seeing a need for more casual dining options in the Platte Park neighborhood, Philippe opened Park Burger in 2008. Park Burger became an instant hit with its great food and service. Following the Platte Park locations success, Failyau oversaw the opening of several additional locations in the Highlands, RiNo, and Holly areas. Failyau met Peter Newlin and a new Gastamo team was born. In the last 10 years, Philippe and Peter created and opened multiple concepts in Denver, including Homegrown Tap & Dough, Birdcall and Perdida. During his free time, Jean-Philippe enjoys spending time with his wife Jennifer and two boys, Aiden and Asher. Jean-Philippe’s philosophy is to keep the food approachable and affordable using the best ingredients possible, “Better Ingredients make for better food”.
CEO of Birdcall/ President Gastamo Group
Peter Newlin is the current CEO of Birdcall Holdings and President of Denver based Gastamo Group. Newlin received his MBA from University of Denver in 2011. Over a 10 year history at Gastamo Group, Newlin has played an active roll in the creation and evolution of Park Burger, Homegrown Tap and Dough, Perdida, Lady Nomada and most recently Birdcall. Birdcall represents the future of fast food. Along with creating the brand, Newlin developed Birdcall’s own proprietary POS and management solution, Poncho, to improve the operational efficiency of the Birdcall restaurant. Poncho is focused on the future of hospitality and is playing an important role in Birdcall’s mission to build the fastest growing, all natural, sustainable and socially conscious QSR brand. You shouldn’t have to spend $100.00 to have a wonderful meal and experience great hospitality - Gastamo Group will stop at nothing to achieve that value. Newlin is now focused on the growth of Birdcall, with 5 units in development and 10+ locations planned for 2021. Newlin has a deep love for being a community member in the neighborhoods Gastamo and Birdcall have the privilege to operate in. Newlin is the founder and director of the community run music festival in RiNo, the Denver Deluxe and an active board member of Sun Valley Kitchen and EatDenver. He has garnered a number of awards including recognition as one of 18 Young Restaurant Leaders to Watch from QSR Magazine and The Most Influential Restaurant Leaders to Watch from Nation's Restaurant News. He's been featured on Fast Casual Nation's podcast.