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First Look: Swords at Dusk at LoHi's Sushi Ronin

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There's certainly no shortage of traditional elements at the new Sushi Ronin, which opened on January 2 in Lower Highland — the first new restaurant of 2016. Japanese koi swim along a band of blue on one wall, and touches of bamboo, rough-hewn timbers and brushstokes of Japanese script add a sense of age to the clean, modern lines.

But at the sushi bar, the standard glass case that places a barrier between chef and customers is ditched in favor of a low divider that creates intimacy and immediacy for diners. Chef Corey Baker, a veteran of Denver's most esteemed sushi spots, and his crew serve up fresh fish and more unusual marinated dishes along with a roster of small plates that guide guests away from typical breaded cutlets and sweet glazes. Choose from a long list of sakes and Japanese whiskeys to augment your dinner selections.

Keep reading for more photos of Sushi Ronin, which opens at 5 p.m. nightly.

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