See also: Photos: Cart-Driver Arrives in DenverIn the midst of live jazz music, blazing fire pits to combat the chill and a fair amount of glad-handing, one new restaurant name emerged. Sushi-Rama is the first eatery to hang a banner on the building, but hopefully not the last. An opening date is likely several months out, as the space is still bare concrete.
Other news came not from the new development, but from anticipated neighborhood restaurants that were serving samples to hungry guests. Biju's Little Curry Shop, a fast-casual southern Indian eatery from chef-owner Biju Thomas, and the new Park Burger are both expecting to open before the end of the year, while Osaka Ramen, from Denver favorite Jeff Osaka (of the sadly closed Twelve) is aiming for January. Soon-to-open Zephyr Brewing Co. was also there, pouring pale ale.
You may have noticed a trend here: Those three restaurants and Zephyr Brewing are all opening at 2601 Walnut Street, not 2601 Larimer. The connection is that both addresses are projects of real estate entrepreneur Ari Stutz. Between the two 2601s, this neighborhood is fast becoming the hottest restaurant zone in the city.