Chef Lon Symensma opened ChoLon in 2010, having already earned two stars from the New York Times during his time working at Buddakan in New York City. ChoLon, which means “big market” and refers to the largest Chinese-influenced market in Saigon, Vietnam, is Symensma’s homage to Southeast Asia and the years he spent traveling and living in that region. In 2011, the restaurant was a James Beard finalist for Best New Restaurant in America and landed on Details Magazine’s Top 10 Best New Asian Restaurants in America. ChoLon has also been named in Denver's Top 25 Restaurants by 5280 Magazine every year since its opening.
In the last nine years he's opened several concepts in Denver including Street Asian-concept Cho77, as well as founding the ChoLon Restaurant Concepts group with business partner Christopher Davis-Massey. In 2018, Symensma opened LeRoux, named as a tribute to Chef Xavier LeRoux, one of his early CIA mentors. Drawing inspiration from his culinary beginnings apprenticing in France, Italy and Spain at Michelin-starred restaurants and San Sebastian’s famed Arzak, the menu focuses on Western European cuisine and wine in the heart of downtown Denver.