Yan De Yang, from bar owner to behind bars.
Yan De Yang, from bar owner to behind bars.

Chopsticks & Sushi owner sentenced to six years in prison

Last Friday, Denver District Court Judge Edward Bronfin stuck former Chopsticks & Sushi owner Yan De Yang with a six-year prison sentence for the shooting death of Lloyd Running Bear, who'd come to the restaurant to collect a football gambling bet from Yang -- who shot him five times.

Convicted of manslaughter and third-degree assault, Yang was sentenced to six years for the manslaughter charge, with a two-year concurrent sentence for the assault conviction.

A year ago, while Yang was awaiting trial, Wild Bangkok Bar and Grill opened in the former home of Chopsticks & Sushi at 1630 Welton Street.

"We came out here a few times and just fell in love with Denver, but we also noticed that there weren't a lot of Thai restaurants downtown," Kirk Coult, who owns the place with his wife, Thai native Paula Rungsawang, told Cafe Society last year. "We looked at a number of different spaces, but being close to the foot traffic on the 16th Street Mall was key, so when this opportunity came up, we took it."

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