Word of Mouth

Mama Fu's joins the Asian restaurant chains expanding in Colorado

An Austin, Texas-based Asian-inspired restaurant chain is on its way to Colorado. Mama Fu's Asian House serves up rice and noodle dishes -- many with Vietnamese, Thai and Chinese influences -- with a choose-your-main-ingredient theme. Sound familiar?

That's because it is. Among the number of chains taking root in the state in recent and upcoming months -- Rudy's Bar-B-Q and Quaker Steak & Lube, for example -- there are two bearing more than a passing resemblance to Mama Fu's.

In case you've lost track, Stir Crazy Fresh Asian Grill and FlatTop Grill, both owned by the Chicago-based Flat Out Crazy Restaurant Group, will open three Asian fast-casual restaurants in Colorado by the end of the year, with several more slated to follow in 2011.

A homegrown Indian fast-casual restaurant, Bombay Bowl, has similar ambitions to spread throughout Colorado. The company, which currently operates one location in Centennial, plans to unveil a second outpost by the end of the year, with several more on the way.

The Coloradoan reports that Mama Fu's will open its first location in Fort Collins, then move into Denver as part of the chain's much broader expansion plans that will eventually lead to 150 stores nationwide by 2013.