In mid-December, Brazen served his last meal after seven years at 4450 West 38th Avenue. Just three months later, the space is set to reopen on March 17 as Glo Noodle Housea new concept from husband and wife duo Chris and Ariana Teigland.
The two longtime hospitality professionals have spent years working in restaurants in Colorado and Chicago
(including Michelin-starred restaurants); they met when they were both employed at Blackbelly in Boulder. Chris will lead the back of the house at Glo, while Ariana will be responsible for the front of the house and the bar program.
The restaurant is named after Chris’ mother, Gloria. “My mom’s love language was cooking meals for people, and she passed that on to me,” Chris says. “Shortly after I got my first job as executive chef, my mother passed away. I remember holding her hand before she passed and telling her that I would one day be a great chef and that I would make her proud. name is a way for me to honor her, to never forget her and to thank her for allowing me to be myself and to pursue a style of cooking different from the one she practised.”
The playful, noodle-centric menu features miso bacon ramen with broth that takes 48 hours to make; there’s also kimchi bolognese, made with ground pork and beef, parmesan, scallions, sprouts, poached eggs and gochujang. Other options include bone marrow temaki; Karaage chicken; skewers with pork sausage, chicken skin and chili pork; and desserts like lemongrass panna cotta with Thai basil
The bar program is Japanese-inspired, with concoctions such as starters with Nikka gin, white soy, grapefruit, and tonic; Castle in the Sky with Mmizu Shochu, White Grape, Ginger Beer and Mitsuya Ash Candy; and Seven Samurai, a blend of Nikka grain whiskey, passion fruit, green pepper and Pedro Ximenez.
Many ingredients will be sourced locally from farms and Lombardi Brothers Meats. The Teiglands have also collaborated with other local talent on the project, including Arvada-based tattoo artist Matty Lockhart of Low Creek Tattoo, whose hallway painting brings a Tokyo alleyway to life; Denver ceramist John Domenico, whose tableware will be used; and Brandon Vargas, who created a giant mural of the Gashadokuro (skeletal giants in Japanese mythology) in the dining room.
“We wanted to collaborate with as many creative minds as possible and tapped into people who have inspired us in the past,” says Ariana. “Chris and I have spent a lot of time under creative constraints, and we find that we thrive when we are trusted to do what we love. in a way that is authentic to them, and everything went very well.
Starting March 17, Glo Noodle House will be open for dinner from 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Reservations will be available on Tock or by phone at 303-993-4180.