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Downtown Rangers



“To create the most enjoyable downtown experience worldwide,” goes the vision statement of the Downtown Rangers. While that’s kind of an uphill battle—as a friend recently said, it’s fairly likely you’ll have a more enjoyable experience in downtown Paris, on account of the fact that it’s Paris—there’s no denying that the Rangers have made Fremont East more enjoyable. Whether they’re helping tourists find “that Pawn Stars place,” feeding our overdue parking meters or simply keeping a watchful eye on the street, the Rangers are helping to transform our urban core into its own City of Lights. And don’t forget: If a Ranger can’t recite the above vision statement to you verbatim, they have to buy you lunch. So far, we haven’t collected.

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Jason Strauss


Jason Strauss

The tastemaker and nightlife impresario is a partner of Tao Group, a leading restaurant and nightlife company that develops, owns and operates numerous high-profile food and beverage facilities nationwide, including Tao, Lavo and Marquee. Along with his partners, Strauss was named Hospitality Operator of the Year by Nightclub & Bar in 2006, and their work with Marquee has been profiled as a case study by Harvard Business School.