Cherry Creekers didn't know a good thing when it slapped them in the face with a noodle. Chef/restaurateur Jeff Osaka is turning off the burners at Osaka Ramen
at East Third Avenue and Detroit Street after only a year; the final bowls will be ladled out on Saturday night, and then the lights will go out. Fortunately for ramen lovers, the original Osaka Ramen
, at 2611 Walnut Street in RiNo, is still going strong, so you'll still be able to grab a spicy miso ramen, okonomiyaki fries and My Wife's Donuts.
In a message released earlier today, Osaka said thank you to his faithful Cherry Creek customers, noting that he's turning his attention to upcoming projects. The latest? Osaka's sorely missed Twelve
, his seasonal upscale eatery on that closed two years ago on Larimer Street, will receive a reboot, opening as [email protected]
in the former Glaze space at 1160 Madison Street in the Congress Park neighborhood. The new version, scheduled for a late-September opening, will also be seasonal, but the menu will change quarterly rather than monthly, and the atmosphere will be more casual. Daily large-format platters will supplement a "menu meant for grazing," with more options than at the original Twelve.
Osaka also currently operates Sushi-Rama
just around the corner from Osaka Ramen and is a partner and the culinary director behind the upcoming Central Market
, where he and right-hand man Jesus Silva will unveil Silva's Fish Market later this year.