Alex Cox, Owner

A resident of the Lake Tahoe basin for more than a decade, Alex combined his passion for fresh ingredients and fresh powder to create two of Lake Tahoe’s signature eateries, Heavenly Village’s Gunbarrel Tavern & Eatery, named after the iconic double-black-diamond Gunbarrel run, and 22 Bistro, located in the Village at Squaw Valley at the base of world-renowned KT-22.

With a long history in the industry ranging from bus boy to restaurant owner, Alex’s dedication to high quality food, superior service and a memorable experience are the driving force behind his work. Add to that his commitment to living the true Tahoe lifestyle and diners are sure to feel welcome whether in ski boots or sky-high heels.

Alex is a native of Indiana and a graduate of the University of Indiana.


Brad Shapiro, Executive Chef

Chef Bradley Shapiro discovered his love and passion for food while working as a dishwasher in
Telluride, Colorado for his snowboard pass.  Looking to progress, Chef Bradley journeyed for new
adventures in Los Angeles, California to work under some of the most well-known Chef’s that the area
has to offer.  Working his way up to Sous Chef for the Wilshire restaurant in Santa Monica he had the
experience to pursue his passion for “farm to table” cuisine with delicious product coming straight from
the local farmers market. Advancing quickly in his career and experiencing a wide variety of culinary
techniques he embarked on a new adventure to run the kitchen at Mastro’s Ocean Club in Newport
Beach. CA.  Being in the hot sun of southern California for so long he longed to quench his thirst on the
crisp air of the northern mountains.  With a job offer from the Ritz Carton in Truckee, CA Chef Bradley
jumped on the opportunity to move to the Sierra Nevadas so he could pursue his passion for
snowboarding, mountain biking and cooking in one area.  Now residing in South Lake Tahoe as
Gunbarrel Tavern and Eatery’s Executive Chef, he is bringing an energetic mix of “farm to table” New American
cuisine to the menu.