As a restaurateur, the nice thing about your restaurant becoming a hit — outside of acclaim and financial gain, of course — is that there’s a greater chance your next location will find success, too.
This is the thinking behind the latest restaurant-swap announcement from local group ChoLon Restaurant Concepts — ChoLon, LeRoux, Cho77 and Concourse — helmed by Denver chef Lon Symensma.
On Sept. 22, Symensma will close Concourse in Stapleton to turn the space into a second location of ChoLon, slated to open sometime in November.
The announcement comes just ahead of ChoLon’s ninth birthday downtown at 16th and Blake streets, where the “modern Asian bistro” has been serving its popular French onion soup dumplings, Wagyu beef skewers, lobster crepes and more to much fanfare.
Meanwhile, Concourse Restaurant Moderne opened in 2017 across town in Stapleton’s Eastbridge development. The menu leaned more New American — with European influences — than any of Symensma’s previous projects.
After less than three years toying with menus and formats there (under another chef), he’s decided to replace the entire concept.
“We could not be more excited to give our guests what they’ve been asking for since the opening of ChoLon LoDo in 2010,” Symensma said in a press release.
He’s named Becca Henry, a ChoLon vet, as executive chef of the Stapleton location and brought on dim sum chef Michelle Xiao from New York. Xiao will work in a “dedicated dim sum kitchen,” according to the release, which diners will be able to see from the dining area.
The Stapleton restaurant’s menu will also offer more wok-fried dishes in what appears to be a push for easier (maybe more frequent?) Stapleton dinners out.
Concourse, 10195 E. 29th Dr., 720-550-6934, open until Sept. 22, concoursedenver.com
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