Lauren LaFortune - General Manager
Lauren LaFortune embarked on her career in the restaurant industry in 2004 after relocating to Colorado to attend the University of Denver. While pursuing a degree in International Politics, she also worked as a server and host at Tamayo, a fine dining establishment where she began to grow her understanding of the local restaurant business.
After graduation, LaFortune joined the team at Sage Restaurant Group (SRG), starting out as a shift supervisor at Second Home in Denver. There she honed her skills and became adept in the leadership and organization of high volume restaurants.
From there, LaFortune continued her career journey with SRG at The Corner Office and Kachina where she was named “Manager of the Quarter” in two separate positions for her commitment to providing high quality guest services and fostering strong staff morale.
LaFortune’s passion and leadership provided her with the opportunity of a new locale and change of pace when she accepted the position of general manager at Hello Betty Fish House. In this role, LaFortune has integrated the laidback Oceanside beach lifestyle into the restaurant with friendly service and an approachable staff. Her management skills have helped grow the coastal eatery into a favorite for visitors and locals alike.
Jared Hills - Executive Chef
Jared Hills got his first taste of hospitality as many great chefs do- in the steaming hot trenches of a dish pit. Attention sparked and thirsty for knowledge, Hills began to cultivate his culinary skills in gourmet kitchens of Telluride, Colorado, catering to the tastes of the ultra-rich and famous. By the age of 23, Hills had ventured to Texas to become a Sous Chef at the Amarillo Country Club where he was able to explore new techniques and continue to fine-tune his culinary skills. In 2007, Hills returned to Colorado Springs to accept a position as Executive Sous Chef at Perry Park Country Club which allowed him to further immerse himself in Colorado’s fledgling gastronomic scene, climbing Denver's culinary ladder.
Hills now leads the kitchen at Sage Restaurant Group's SoCal seaside addition, Hello Betty Fish House, where he incorporates the traditional flavors of Baja California into seafood-centric dishes that cater to locals and tourists alike.
Aside from his culinary ambitions, Hills is a dedicated father of three & amateur musician and can be found spending free time with his wife and young children or jamming in the garage to unwind.
Hello Betty Fish House | Oceanside Seafood Restaurant