Mizu was in — and then it was out. But apparently the ground-floor space at 2930 Umatilla Street (on the same hilltop as Linger) is perfect for a sushi bar, because after the lease deal for Mizu fell through last winter, it didn't take long for Sushi Ronin to snatch up the space. Construction has been quiet in the intervening months on the stark, angular building that looks as if it was airlifted straight from the Denver Tech Center to the residential Lower Highland neighborhood, but a liquor license hearing announcement recently went up with the name Alexander Gurevich listed as president of GP Inc., doing business as Sushi Ronin Restaurant & Bar.
Those who have followed the Denver restaurant scene for the past decade or so may recall that Gurevich also owns Peruvian date-night favorite Limón in Uptown, which, when it opened in 2006, was somewhat of a pioneer in the restaurant wave that has slowly engulfed 17th Avenue. Gurevich also operates My Other Bar on 6th Avenue and has opened and closed a handful of other eateries over the years, including Ay Caramba, the Arvada Grill and Campagna.
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Towering over the Sushi Ronin space are three floors of office space and a fifth-floor restaurant build-out that will eventually become a tapas bar from Linger owner Justin Cucci.