Avalanche Claims Life of Asqew Grill Co-Founder

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David Gogolak, 36, lovingly known as "Gogo," was killed in an avalanche on January 13 while skiing in Whitefish, Montana. David was the Co-Founder of a growing bay area chain of fast casual restaurants; named Asqew Grill. David was an entrepreneur as well as a family man, respected by business associates and much loved by his employees and partners.

The memories, the laughter, the love, the gratitude, the respect and the adoration for David will fill each heart and each restaurant -- now and in the future.

David Gogolak, 36, lovingly known as "Gogo," was killed in an avalanche on January 13 while skiing in Whitefish, Mont. David was an entrepreneur as well as a family man, respected by business associates and much loved by his employees and partners. After graduating from the School of Hotel Administration at Cornell University in 1997, Dave, along with friend Mark Nicandri, opened the first Asqew Grill in San Francisco's Haight district in May 1999.

"The memories, the laughter, the love, the gratitude, the respect and the adoration for David will fill each heart and each restaurant -- now and in the future." said Michael O'Keefe, president and chief operating officer of Asqew Grill.

In mid-2007, Dave realized a second life-long dream by moving to Whitefish, where he could pursue his outdoor passions, including hiking, boating, swimming and skiing. During the week, Dave remained committed to both personal and professional dreams by commuting between Whitefish and San Francisco.

Asqew Grill was the result of David's vision to create restaurants in which everyday people could enjoy solid food and drink at reasonable prices with superior service -- establishments that became a part of the fabric of their neighborhood. One can see the realization of these efforts in the eight Asqew Grill locations. David's dream will continue to thrive as the multi-unit operation opens its ninth location this spring in Mill Valley, Calif, the town in which Mark and until recently, Dave, both lived with their families.

David's zest for life was widely recognized and exuded through his outdoor pursuits, his passion for culinary creations and most of all, his love of people. He is widely regarded as a person larger than life, someone who had a kind word for everyone, a boundless sense of humor and a deep devotion to his family and friends.

David is survived by his wife, Nicole, their two children, Graylin and Johnny; David's parents, Peter and Kathy; and his brother, Tommy, of Darien, Conn.

Donations in David's honor may be made to two non-profit organizations close to David and Nicole's hearts: the first is Montana Land Reliance; Flathead Nordic Ski Patrol or the second The Cottage in Darien (a home for the mentally handicapped), c/o Kelly Associates, 780 Post Road, Darien, CT, 06820.

Contact:
Michael O'Keefe
President and Chief Operating Officer, Asqew Grill
Phone: (415) 292-1888, ext. 224
Fax: (415) 292-1882
Email: michael @ asqewgrill.com

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