Madness is approaching Longmont in the form of Teriyaki Madness, a new restaurant set to open in early June.
After 25 years in the auto industry, Tim McCurry decided to explore his passion for food and open his own restaurant. Having visited a Teriyaki Madness location before, he was reminded of a restaurant he visited as a child near Colorado Springs that had “the best teriyaki sauce,” he said.
A family decision, McCurry, his wife Brit and his sister Erin Brueggeman decided to open a store in Firestone. Brit, who has worked for First Bank for nearly two decades, and Brueggeman, who has worked with the St. Vrain Valley School district for nearly as long, support the business “from behind the scenes,” McCurry said.
After discovering a Teriyaki Madness store in south Denver, McCurry knew this was the best choice for him.
He describes the food as “a Seattle fusion with a teriyaki touch,” adding that everything is fresh, healthy, made-to-order with gluten-free and vegan options.
“That’s why I did this (open under the Teriyaki Madness brand). I am following the company’s guidelines but this is my food,” he said.
Even McCurry’s son, Cameron is involved. He will continue to run the Firestone location while McCurry focuses his attention on the Longmont store.
The Longmont location will be at the Village at the Peaks, 1250 S. Hover Road, in the space recently vacated by Garbanzo Mediterranean Fresh.
"We are thrilled to have Teriyaki Madness join us at Village at the Peaks," Danaria McCoy, vice president of operation at Village at the Peaks said.
The store is hiring now and expecting to bring 25 new jobs to Longmont.
McCurry believes that everyone needs a chance, and he is even willing to give some a second chance by employing individuals who have struggled to get a job after being incarcerated.
“My theory on that is, if you give somebody a second chance like that, and I stick my neck out for them, they are going to go to bat for me and they are going to stand right behind me. I want people who are going to support me because we are building a brand … and it’s a lot of fun,” he said.
First chances are just as important as he looks to help young people learn to be good employees and wants to work with special needs employees to build more skills.
“I love to mentor, help, teach, train and grow (new employees)” he said, adding his employees become like family. “We’ll teach ya, you just have to be willing to put your nose to the grindstone.”
Community is very important to McCurry as he tries to help organizations through fundraisers and donations. This includes donating $1 of every bowl sold on opening day to a local nonprofit. In Firestone, donations went to the Carbon Valley Help Center, a local food bank.
For Longmont, that nonprofit has not been chosen, however, McCurry is looking at organizations who “do good work.”
Opening day is expected to look different for the Longmont store than for the Firestone location, which opened two weeks prior to COVID-19 state stay-at-home orders. For this opening, people were able to line up down the sidewalk. McCurry is still learning what the guidelines are for the new store’s opening, however, he said it will be fun with a bit of madness.