ChoLon plans to open its third location in Denver on Sloan’s Lake in 2022

ChoLon Modern Asian has dropped anchor in Sloan’s Lake.

The local Asian bistro, which first opened downtown in 2010 at 2555 Blake Street, plans to be on the first floor of the 12-story Lakehouse Condo building at 4200 W. 17th Ave Street from the park in the summer of 2022.

“When we opened downtown ChoLon 11 years ago, the SugarCube building we are in was state-of-the-art and won green technology awards,” said co-owner and chef Lon Symensma. “Owner Grant McCargo has really put a lot of time and effort into making sure the building puts downtown Denver on the map and sets the pace for much of what Denver has done in the area.”

Courtesy ChoLon via BusinessDen

ChoLon Modern Asian co-owner and chef Lon Symensma is opening another location in the Lakehouse that he believes “increases the commitment to high-end Denver living.”

He added, “Fast forward to now, and I feel like Lakehouse is doing the same thing – raising the stakes for high-end Denver living.”

Symensma worked as a chef in Asian restaurants such as Buddakan in New York for 10 years before opening ChoLon with his business partner Christopher Davis-Massey. Popular dishes at the bistro include French onion soup dumplings, pork belly rolls, and Wagyu beef skewers.

The partners also own two other concepts in the SugarCube building: LeRoux, a French restaurant that grew from Avanti into its own stationary restaurant in 2019, and YumCha, a dumpling and noodle bar, formerly known as Cho77, which reopened in June.

In 2019, Symensma and Davis-Massey also opened a second ChoLon location in Central Park in place of their New American restaurant, Concourse Restaurant Moderne, which they closed the same year after two years in the Eastbridge Town Center shopping mall.

“ChoLon was certainly not a home run straight away,” said Symensma. “There were a lot of steakhouses and farm-to-table restaurants and I showed up and started eating family style Asian food, which got people straight to the point. But people slowly started to accept and accept it. As I walked through the dining room, I heard people talking about the food and the experience instead of politics and religion. “

Marc Piscotty, provided by ChoLon

The famous soup dumplings in the ChoLon Modern Asian Bistro. The restaurant opened a second location in Stapleton and a third near Sloan’s Lake.

The ChoLon owners signed a lease this month for the 3,600 square meter space on the ground floor of Lakehouse. David Dobek, Sean Kulzer and Mike DePalma with SullivanHayes brokered the deal.

In addition to ChoLon, Symensma plans to add another new, smaller concept within a third of the space, but said it was unwilling to reveal any further details.

Denver-based architect Unum Collaborative, who is responsible for ChoLon’s Central Park location and downtown ChoLon renovation, will design the Lakehouse area.

ChoLon will join the Whole Sol Blend Bar, which opened on the first floor of the Lakehouse last year. Symensma said they had negotiated a subsidized rental agreement with NAVA Real Estate Development. There is another free sales area of ​​1,100 square meters.

Lakehouse was completed by NAVA last year and offers condos and townhouses between $ 549,000 and $ 1.675 million. NAVA Acquisitions Manager James Levy said 70 percent of the 196 units had been sold.

Lakehouse amenities include large windows for natural light, a rooftop garden, a bike and ski tuning studio, and a 26,000 square meter terrace with a pool and lounge / bar.

“I’m looking forward to using the rooftop garden and hot tub,” said Symensma.

“And I can’t wait to paddle across the lake to get to work,” added David-Massey, who lives in the Sloan’s Lake neighborhood.

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