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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
"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."
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 >>
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 >>
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.
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 ... More >>
An embarrassment of riches and bitches.
Adam Malis peachy-keen idea.
Sushi Den is a big fish in the Denver pond.
Hopes -- and fish -- fly high at Sushi Den.
Japon and Sushi Den have a minor war of words.