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 12@Madison 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.
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