Edwin Zoe, a 2022 James Beard Award semifinalist, announces new Denver restaurant

Denver and Boulder restaurateur Edwin Zoe has oodles of noodles in store for local diners.

The owner of Zoe Ma Ma and Chimera Ramen plans to rebrand his higher-end Boulder restaurant by the end of March, and to open a new noodle spot in Denver come May. Both will be called Dragonfly Noodle.

“I’m a big noodle nerd,” Zoe said, describing his last, pre-pandemic research trip across Asia, where he ate his way around Singapore, Vietnam and Japan. “Noodles are what I love, and I think there are a lot of us who are equally passionate about them.”

Zoe’s two new stores will closely resemble his original, Zoe Ma Ma, which started as a tribute to his mother. At that shop, all manner of Chinese street foods are sold from the counter.

At Dragonfly, the menu will focus on noodle dishes from across Asia. Hakata-style ramen, Vietnamese pho, Taiwanese knife-cut noodles and Hong Kong pan-fried noodles will be some of the options.

While customers will order at the counter, they will receive full service after sitting down to eat, a style similar to ramen shops in Tokyo, Zoe said. For the sake of authenticity, he even invested in a Japanese Yamato noodle-making machine and will produce all of the restaurant’s noodles fresh and in-house, a rarity when it comes to American ramen shops, in particular.