Three Small Businesses Are Banding Together on a Brick-and-Mortar Mission

Yuan Wonton, Pho King Rapidos, and Sweets & Sourdough will soon be available in one stationary establishment to simultaneously promote growth and grounding
Three Small Businesses Are Banding Together on a Brick-and-Mortar Mission
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The incoming restaurant trio will be located on Fairfax St. in Denver, CO 80207, according to business documents filed by Yuan Wonton founder Penelope Wong. While a definitive debut date has not yet been determined, an Instagram caption posted to the Yuan Wonton page hinted at a launch later this year. 

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Wong’s culinary journey began in 1989 as a dishwasher in her parent’s kitchen. From there, Wong worked her way up from busser to hostess, hostess to cashier, and cashier to cook. She landed her first professional cooking gig in 1998 at Glenmoor Country Club with only her humble beginnings and some cooking-show knowledge under her belt. 

Wong recalls, “I was promoted to sous chef within two years, served as interim chef twice, and became the executive chef four years later as the youngest and first female chef since the club opened in 1985. [I then served as ] executive chef from 2004-2018 and proudly showcased my Chinese/Thai background fused with contemporary American cuisine.”

Years later, Wong and her husband would begin a new culinary venture, opening their own dumpling food truck in the metro area. That truck is called Yuan Wonton. 

Additionally, the Pho King Rapidos food truck was created by Long Nguyen and Shauna Seaman – a husband and wife who were born and raised in Colorado. The PKR website recounts, “[we] grew up on Vietnamese food and plenty of other ethnic influences that shaped our appetite. Moving to NYC exposed us to a multitude of cultures that only expanded our palettes, ultimately igniting a craving to provide delicious food and great hospitality to those around us.”

Sweets & Sourdough is co-owned by Amy Patterson and has provided the community with “artisan, non-GMO, made-from-scratch baked goods” since 2017. The women-owned, wholesale bread bakery… cater[s] to high-end Denver restaurants,” according to an interview with Patterson for The NoCo Optimist

Project renderings posted to the Yuan Wonton Instagram were captioned, “as small and local businesses, we are working on a new venture, a new SPACE, and a more permanent collaboration to create something unique and truly special to share with all of you. We are working to help one another grow, and stay small.”

Amanda Peukert

Amanda Peukert is a Los Angeles-based writer with a love for tattoos, music, food, and film. She received her BA and MFA in creative writing from California State University, Long Beach. Her work has appeared in/on SPIN, LA Taco, Tattoodo, Skin Deep, and Tattoo Energy. When she’s not writing, you can catch her listening to Alice in Chains and Tupac, or watching movies like The Crow and Halloween while eating tacos and drinking a cold beer.
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