Our Delicious story

A little about the Family…

ZOMO is a family-owned and operated restaurant. Ryan and Alysia met when they were 16 and 17 years old, and now, 15 years later, here we are. First, High school sweethearts went on to be college classmates, and now both business and life partners. Post-graduation from CU Denver, the two embarked on a 4-year construction journey that has now been deemed “The Restaurant.” Handling the build-out with the help of only their families (and a few contractors), they gutted and remodeled an almost 100-year-old building to a sleek and comfortable space for many to fill their bellies! Alysia and Ryan have two little ones, a toddler and a little guy only a few months old. Both respond to KB or Kitchen Baby and are in sync with the workflow at ZOMO. 

We have decided to identify ZOMO as an Asian + American eatery, as our menu is influenced by both of our families’ migrant histories. Alysia’s Vietnamese grandparents and Ryan’s Chinese grandparents have greatly influenced the menu with their traditional Asian tastes. What makes us unique is how their culinary journey has changed after coming to America.

Alysia’s Grandmother, Chi, drives the flavor bus at ZOMO, using her recipes to complete the menu. Grandma’s famous Vietnamese-style egg rolls are made using a Filipino wrapper. While this is not traditional to her upbringing, it is consistent with her migration story. After coming to the U.S. seeking refuge at the end of the Vietnam War, she and her family ended up in small-town Stockton, KS. There, she could not find all of the traditional ingredients she was so used to at home. She used what she could find at the local market, and Alas, the eggrolls we all knew and loved were born! The stories do not stop here; Grandma Chi and her equally as cute grandma Friends share the kitchen telling jokes and stories all day long; always feel free to ask for origin details on any of our menu items as they all come with a story- maybe grandma will even come out to tell it!