It was one of the biggest deals of 2012: Thirteen months ago, brothers Toshi and Yasu Kizaki announced that they had entered into a deal with BW Holdings, the company that controls the Wynkoop/Breckenridge group of breweries and restaurants, agreeing to swap Izakaya Den's current location -- a stand ... More >>
While Denver is swimming in great options for sushi, we're woefully short on Japanese joints that feature good versions of the broader culinary canon -- and, in fact, we'd be stoked if a few more spots of this sort opened up, whether they're restaurants serving up Japanese noodles like ramen or soba ... More >>
Owning a farm, says Yasu Kizaki, was always a dream for him and his brother, Toshi, the owners of two Japanese restaurants on South Pearl Street: Sushi Den and Izakaya Den. "Our parents were farmers," Yasu recounts. "It's been a vision for a long time, but it's hard work."
Dreams became reality las ... More >>
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 >>
For obvious reasons, we don't make New Year's resolutions here at Cafe Society that involve cutting delicious morsels out of our diet. But since we used the holidays as an excuse to go on even more of a gastronomic bender than usual this year, we are thinking about switching our binge eating tendenc ... More >>
Izakaya Den will host a sake-pairing extravaganza tonight.All sakes start with rice and water, which are fermented in a process similar to that of brewing beer. But every toji -- head sake brewer -- has a different style, and rice polishing, additives and aging techniques all result in vastly ... More >>
Adam LarkeyYasu Kizaki on the Den Farm.Toshi and Yasu Kizaki have built a Japanese empire on South Pearl Street, expanding the success of Sushi Den into Izakaya Den and, last year, Ototo Food and Wine Bar. Because of the nature of sushi, they import a lot of their fish from Japan. But because ... More >>
Happy Place: Izakaya Den, 1518 South Pearl Street, 303-777-0691
Hours: Tuesday through Friday from 5 to 6:30 p.m.
The Deals: $5 hot or cold sake, cocktails, wines by the glass, and appetizers; two-for-one Kirin draft beers
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Jenny AnDuck confit hash.Ototo Food and Wine Bar, the not-so-Japanese sibling of Sushi Den and Izakaya Den, is now serving Sunday brunch. The menu features such standard brunch fare as bagels with lox and steak and eggs, as well as more innovative offerings, including duck confit. And wheneve ... More >>
Whether you're more excited about getting your grub on circa April 20 -- the worldwide official day celebrating all things cannabinoid -- or April 22, Earth Day, there are plenty of food-related events taking place around town. Here's what's on the menu:
Mark MangerToshi and Yasu Kizaki have been serving Pearl Street for two decades, first with Sushi Den, which they opened in its current home twenty years ago, and then again with Izakaya Den, which first started serving dinner in 2007.
Both of those spots pack crowds into cavernous spaces ev ... More >>
Ototo's doors will reopen at 5 p.m. today.A lot of places do a smokin' business during Denver Restaurant Week, but at Ototo Food and Wine Bar, the hot times started the day before DRW started, when the kitchen crew coming out of a duct. There was no fire, but the restaurant wound up closing f ... More >>
Ototo's DRW menu is moving across the street to Izakaya Den's upsairs area.Local eateries have learned to expect the unexpected during Denver Restaurant Week -- but the surprise hit Ototo Food and Wine Bar Friday night, even before DRW got under way: The kitchen crew noticed smoke coming from ... More >>
sushiden.netYasu Kizaki at Den Farm.Look for Den Deli, the sibling of Sushi Den and Izakaya Den that opened last fall at 1501 South Pearl Street, then closed last month for a remodel, to unveil its new look within the next few weeks.
"Remodeling has been going well, and we expect to reopen ... More >>
Lori MidsonDen Deli and Seafood Market, at 1501 South Pearl Street, the third venture from Toshi and Yasu Kizaki, the brotherhood behind Sushi Den, 1487 South Pearl, and Izakaya Den, 1518 South Pearl, opened in December 2009 -- but the bento boxes, ready-made sushi and brimming bowls of rame ... More >>