Asqew Founder Dies In Avalanche

One of the founders of local barbecue chain Asqew Grill died in an avalanche Jan 13 while skiing in Whitefish, Mont.

David Gogolak, 36, opened the chain's first location on Haight Street along with friend Mark Nicandri in 1999. The pair soon opened new locations, including five in San Francisco, one in Emeryville and two in San Jose. According to the San Jose Business Journal,

In mid-2007 Asqew moved to Whitefish, where he could pursue outdoor passions including hiking, boating, swimming and skiing.

The Journal reported that Gogolak, son of former NFL kicker Pete Gogolak, 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."

Asqew Grill co-founder dies in avalanche [SJ Business Journal]