Yasu Kizaki

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    August 13, 2014

    There's Something in the Water at New York Deli News

    There's something special about New York City water that gives bagels, breads and cured meats a texture and flavor that New Yorkers know and love, agree Al and Tory Belsky, owners of New York Deli News. And as big as the city is, there may be even more New Yorkers living outside the five boroughs -- ... More >>

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    August 8, 2014

    From cats to dogs, a second helping of Cafe Society, August 4-8

    This week in Cafe Society, Gretchen Kurtz reviewed To the Wind Bistro, a tiny -- but mighty -- new restaurant that she considers a breath of fresh air. For Chef and Tell, Mark Antonation visited Sushi Den and spoke with Yasu Kizaki, one of the brothers who landed on South Pearl Street thirty years a ... More >>

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    August 6, 2014

    Raw Ambition: Yasu Kizaki of Sushi Den Talks About History and the Future

    A glistening white disk of raw scallop rests against a slice of lemon, with only a small grid of sear marks interrupting its slick surface. Green, saw-edged shiso leaves, so perfect they invite a touch to prove they aren't plastic, add contrast to the plate and the barest hint of cinnamon and basil ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    February 6, 2013

    Izakaya Den's move to new home next to Sushi Den set for May

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 30, 2012

    Denver's five best Japanese restaurants

    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 >>

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    March 22, 2012

    The Den Farm -- and a new greenhouse -- gets ready to sprout

    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 >>

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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 >>

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    January 5, 2012

    Denver's ten best sushi restaurants

    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 >>

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    November 1, 2011

    Izakaya Den hosts Asabiraki Sake Brewery for a lesson in sake pairing

    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 >>

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    October 14, 2011

    The Den Farm provides local produce to the Kizaki brothers' trio of Japanese restaurants

    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 >>

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    August 12, 2011

    Sake to me! We love Izakaya Den's happy hour

    ​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 Were we happy? Flip the page to find out.

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    June 14, 2011

    Ototo Food and Wine Bar opens for Sunday brunch

    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 >>

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    April 18, 2011

    Culinary calendar for the week ahead: Vine Street anniversary and Earth Day

    ​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:

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    March 10, 2011
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    March 10, 2011
  • Blogs

    March 8, 2011

    Review preview: Ototo Food and Wine Bar

    Mark Manger​Toshi 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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 4, 2011

    Ototo Food and Wine Bar reopens today

    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 >>

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    February 28, 2011

    Ototo closes for construction repairs, moves DRW meal to Izakaya Den

    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 >>

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    November 4, 2010

    Den Deli will turn into Ototo Food & Wine Bar

    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 >>

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    October 4, 2010

    Den Deli closes for a major remodel and reconception

    Lori Midson​Den 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 >>

  • Dining

    December 13, 2007

    Izakaya Den

    This sibling of Sushi Den is absolutely stunning.

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    August 2, 2007


    Sushi Den is a big fish in the Denver pond.

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    December 23, 1999

    Fishing for Insults

    Japon and Sushi Den have a minor war of words.