Teriyaki Madness Announces First Denver-Area Store — Only It’s Not the First

We get hit with an avalanche of announcements every day, promising everything from new shake flavors at popular burger bars to products from national food manufacturers who don’t even sell their products in the Denver area. The one that particularly caught our eye this morning had this subject line: “Teriyaki Madness to Open First Denver Area Restaurant.” The name of the fast-casual Japanese eatery jogged a memory — not because the name harks back to ’80s food-court rice bowls, but because it seemed a little too familiar to be new to Colorado.

A search through our archives proved that this summer’s margarita consumption hasn’t dulled our memory (yet): Teriyaki Madness came and went at 2720 South Colorado Boulevard in less than a year, opening in May 2014 and calling it quits in early 2015.

Not only that, but Teriyaki Madness recently (yes, we can still recall large parts of 2014) moved its corporate headquarters to Denver from its original home in Las Vegas, where the company got its start making “Seattle-style” teriyaki in 2003.

The new franchise, owned by Qing Hammell, is set to open on July 11 at 8547 East Arapahoe Road in Greenwood Village. We certainly wish Hammell, a native of China who chose Denver as home after earning an MBA and pursuing a career in financial investments for more than twenty years, the best as she launches Teriyaki Madness in the fertile lunchtime fields of the Denver Tech Center’s southern tip.

But if the folks at TMAD (as they like to be called) corporate headquarters want us to forget the madness of their concept’s recent past, we suggest sending over a few rounds of margaritas (rocks, with salt, please).