Toshi Kizaki

  • Blogs

    November 17, 2014

    A Trio of Cookbook Talks: Top Ten Events on This Week's Culinary Calendar

    Author! Author! A trio of chefs -- Ina Gartner, Richard Sandoval and Eric Skokan --will be talking about their new cookbooks this week, and there are many other appetizing events on the culinary calendar. Keep reading for a taste. See also: Illegal Pete's Now Open in Fort Collins, Protesters Are No ... More >>

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    July 28, 2014

    100 Favorite Dishes: Aburi Sushi at Sushi Den and Izakaya Den

    No. 88 Aburi sushi at Sushi Den and Izakaya Den 1487 and 1487A South Pearl Street 303-777-0826, 303-777-0691 Sushi means more than just raw fish and California rolls. At most American sushi restaurants, diners are content to nosh on salmon, tuna, shrimp and maybe a little unagi. Trying something n ... More >>

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    March 11, 2014

    Five best new-old restaurants in Denver

    In anticipation of the Best of Denver, we've already shared our list of the ten best new restaurants in Denver -- spots that opened in 2013 that are all contenders for the Best New Restaurant award. But last year, we also saw many restaurants close and then reopen -- sometimes in new places, sometim ... More >>

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    November 18, 2013

    Denver's fifty most essential restaurants, No. 45: Sushi Den

    What defines an essential restaurant? Several opinionated friends and I were recently discussing that topic during dinner at a trendy newcomer that's amassed a flurry of flattery since opening its doors. It's a restaurant-of-the-moment, but will it still be relevant in six months? Will the crowds co ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 9, 2013

    Sushi Den introduces new cocktail and sake lists‏

    Although much of the public's attention has been focused on Izakaya Den, which just opened last month in its spectacular new home next to Sushi Den, that restaurant has been making changes, too. Sushi Den spent months working with professionals from Southern Wine & Spirits along with national mixol ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 10, 2013

    Izakaya Den opens tomorrow in its new home on South Pearl

    After a year of construction that carved out the original home of the Pearl Street Grill and replaced it with a modern, multi-level structure, the new Izakaya Den will officially open tomorrow right next to Sushi Den, a mainstay on South Pearl Street for close to three decades. Created by Hiro & Com ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 24, 2013

    Izakaya Den will leave its original home Sunday night, then reopen in new space next week

    Izakaya Den will finally leave its original home at 1518 South Pearl Street at the end of service on Sunday, May 26, then reopen the following week in its brand-spanking new space at 1477 South Pearl, right next to its sibling, Sushi Den. See also: - Izakaya Den's move to new home next to Sushi Den ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 26, 2013

    Best New Restaurant: Our ten winners over the past decade

    Twenty-four hours from now, the Best of Denver 2013 will start hitting the street -- and the web. This year's edition is packed with more than 400 winners (we're still counting). The the very last category in our Food & Drink section was one of the toughest picks this year: Best New Restaurant. In ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 20, 2013

    Izakaya Den holding job fair Monday

    Construction is moving quickly on South Pearl Street, with Izakaya Den slated to move into its new home next tosibling restaurant Sushi Den in late May. In the meantime, Izakaya is holding a job fair at its current location at 1518 South Pearl Street on Monday, March 25. See also: - Izakaya Den's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 27, 2012

    Slow Food Denver visits Den Farm next month

    You'll need to hurry if you want to sign up for Slow Food Denver's tour of Den Farm -- tickets are going fast. Den Farm is the facility that brothers Yasu and Toshi Kizaki, who own Sushi Den and Izakaya Den, started last year in Brighton. "Our parents were farmers," Yasu told Laura Shunk this sprin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 7, 2012

    Makan Malaysian Cafe will open at the end of the month on South Pearl Street

    The former Pearl Street Grill may still be dark, while Yasu and Toshi Kizaki, the brothers who own Sushi Den and Izakaya Den, retool that space to make way for the relocation of Izakaya Den, but down the block, at 1859 South Pearl Street, Karen Wee Lin Beckman is gutting a small storefront that will ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 12, 2012

    The Izakaya Den/Pearl Street Grill deal moves forward...slowly

    In January, the owners of Izakaya Den announced that they had entered into a very involved deal with BW Holdings, the company that controls the Wynkoop/Breckenridge group of breweries and restaurants, agreeing to swap Izakaya's current location -- a stand-alone building at 1518 South Pearl Street -- ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 28, 2012

    The Crushery closes on South Pearl Street

    "It all began in 2007," begins the conversation with John Davidson, "when the landlord violated my non-compete clause four months after we opened -- and Pajama Baking Company opened just a few doors down from me. We had to split business, which isn't what I'd signed up for."

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    January 31, 2012

    Sushi Den architects share plans for the South Pearl project

    This month started with major action on South Pearl Street -- including a very involved deal that calls for the Wynkoop/Breckenridge group that had owned Pearl Street Grill to swap that space at 1477 South Pearl with Izakaya Den, at 1518 South Pearl, one of three restaurants in the eating empire tha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 24, 2011

    Kelly Whitaker tends an urban garden at Pizzeria Basta

    Pizzeria BastaThe garden at Pizzeria Basta, early in the season.​Kelly Whitaker, chef-owner of Boulder's Pizzeria Basta, spent every summer of his childhood on a farm -- and he hated it. "My grandfather was a farmer, and I spent every single summer on his farm, but I hated vegetables, and my f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 16, 2011

    Izakaya Den adds ramen to its Saturday and Sunday lunch lineup

    Izakaya Den will begin serving ramen this Saturday.​Beginning tomorrow, Izakaya Den, one of three restaurants on South Pearl Street overseen by brothers Yasu and Toshi Kizaki, who also run Sushi Den and Ototo, will begin dishing out ramen noodles in addition to its regular lunch menu.

  • Blogs

    January 7, 2009

    Riding the Orient Express to Izakaya Den

    Toshi Kizaki, who founded Sushi Den back in 1985 with his brother, Yasu, is currently in Japan meeting with vendors, fishmongers and a third brother, Koichi, who visits the markets daily to buy fish for Sushi Den and Izakaya Den (left). When Toshi returns later this month, he'll bringing a ... More >>

  • Dining

    April 3, 2008

    The Rest of Denver

    An embarrassment of riches – and bitches.

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    December 12, 2007
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    December 12, 2007

    In the Den

    My waiter came by, brought me a warm towel for my fingers, a stack of menus, a beer. Then we started talking -- about the menu, about the Izakaya concept, about how to order and what I should order and how much of everything I should order. “How hungry are you?” he asked. “I’m starved, ... More >>

  • Dining

    August 23, 2007

    Sandwich Time

    Adam Mali’s peachy-keen idea.

  • Dining

    August 2, 2007


    Sushi Den is a big fish in the Denver pond.

  • Dining

    February 10, 2005

    Raw Power

    Hopes -- and fish -- fly high at Sushi Den.

  • Dining

    December 23, 1999

    Fishing for Insults

    Japon and Sushi Den have a minor war of words.