Ben Jacobs

Ben Jacobs



Denver, CO USA

I don’t want a job—I want a purpose.


By Roadtrip Nation

Ben Jacobs


My road in life has been direct.
I’m a member of the Osage Nation from northeast Oklahoma.
My family and I moved to Denver, Colorado, where my parents opened a restaurant called Gray Horse: An American Indian Eatery.
After college, I knew that I wanted to do something that was tied to my identity—for me, that was food.
I was inspired by my parents’ restaurant and used it as a prototype to create my own restaurant where Native people and the community at large can both enjoy Native American cuisine.
Together with my business partner, Matt Chandra, we opened Tocabe: An American Indian Eatery in 2008.
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High School
History, General
University of Denver



I own a restaurant that specializes in Native American cuisine.

Career Roadmap

My work combines:
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Working with Others

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for everyone

Follow the path that leads to you to work that inspires you. What I studied through university has helped me in my path but not specifically directed at the work I do. Education and inspiration are key to building toward driven success. My advice for opening a restaurant is to talk to anyone who has a wallet. Don't limit yourself to just chefs or the mayor. Talk to everybody because that shows that you have a vision and you're not afraid to go after it.


The Noise I Shed

From Society in General:

"Native American cuisine needs to fit an old, dated, historic image."