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Today: Restaurants host benefits for victims of the Japan earthquake

Japan may be halfway around the world, but you can help earthquake relief efforts here in Denver: Several restaurants are hosting benefit events that start today.

Ototo Food and Wine (, Izakaya Den ( and Sushi Den ( will host fundraisers starting today and running through Saturday, March 19. A portion of dinner proceeds from each of these sibling restaurants on South Pearl Street will be donated to relief efforts, and there will also be donation boxes where guests can contribute directly.

All four Larkburger ( locations in Colorado will host benefits from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. today, with 10 percent of all proceeds donated to the American Red Cross.

Japon ( will be collecting donations of clothing, toiletry items, food and more for the survivors of the earthquake/tsunami, and the restaurant itself will donate a percentage of sales.

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