Despite what its name implies, Reckless Noodles is carefully planning its next move.
The roughly 5-year-old noodle house and cocktail bar in Seattle is adding a second location in Denver.
Owner Bryce Sweeny said he hopes to open in November at 820 Sherman St., where he has leased roughly 3,000 square feet on the ground floor of the Moto apartment building.
“We’ve been looking to expand here for quite a while,” Sweeny said. “The demographic in Denver is really similar to Seattle … our average clientele are all late 20s, mid 30s, mid 40s – active young adults.”
Sweeny, a California native who used to live in Vail, said that the plethora of activities in the region, like rock climbing and skiing, also contributed to his desire to open up a spot in Denver. He plans to move to the area to “make sure everything gets off the ground.”
Within the city, Sweeny had been eyeing the RiNo and Cap Hill neighborhoods specifically before settling on the spot on Sherman. The unit used to house Anecdote, a cafe and cocktail shop that announced its closure on Instagram back in March. John Livaditis of Axio Commercial Real Estate represented Sweeny in lease negotiations.
Sweeny plans to keep the business as similar as possible to his current location in Seattle.
Tentative plans are for the restaurant and bar to close around 10 p.m. on weekdays and midnight on weekends. Prices for most entrees are around $20.
“(We) mostly (serve) Vietnamese cuisine, but our chef is Cambodian and definitely throws in a little Cambodian and Thai flair,” Sweeny said. “We are definitely kind of more bar oriented. So (we) dim our lights, candlelight, louder, better music than you see in a typical restaurant; a space that you can hang out and also get really good food.”
Sweeny manages the business with his minority partner, Mario Eckert. Eckert mainly serves as a financial partner and has a less active role in the company.
The two used to frequent Vietnam and Thailand for rock climbing trips, eventually falling in love with the local cuisine. Back in the U.S., the two ran nightclubs and bars, and noticed that they enjoyed both the bar scene and the Asian food scene. Thus, Reckless Noodles was formed as a crossover between the two.
Seattle was chosen as the first location in part because of their familiarity with the area; Sweeny also went to school there. Though Eckert and Sweeny are both California natives, pricey California liquor license laws kept them from starting the business there.
“I think we’ll do quite well in Denver,” Sweeny said.