Last fall, LoDo was all about pizza. Now, it's sushi. Blue Sushi Sake Grill, a link in an Omaha-based chain that signed on for half of the Dixons space at 16th and Wazee streets that wasn't taken by Lucky Pie, had a liquor-license hearing this morning with the Denver Department of Excise and Licenses.
But judging from the construction activity, there's still more work to be done on the spot beyond just getting that license. Blue Sushi should get in the LoDo swim by early summer.
A block away at 1520 Blake Street, in the former home of Organixx, Aoba was looking at a March opening, until that was delayed by construction problems, including an order to replace the window frames to comply with historic requirements. But at this point, an opening looks close.
The last sushi joint to jump into these crowded waters is coming from the Hapa Sushi group, which has taken over the former India House at 1514 Blake. Work has yet to start on the space, and there's an ad in the window for an auction on the contents. Look for the LoDo Hapa in August at the earliest.
Keep Westword Free... Since we started Westword, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Denver, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Denver with no paywalls.