Kobe An Closes in Lakewood, Will Resurface in Cherry Creek

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Changes are afoot -- er, make that afish -- at Kobe An. This past weekend, the long-running Japanese restaurant served its last meal in Lakewood, shutting down prior to an upcoming move to Cherry Creek North early this winter. It's taking over the former home of Cherry (and Bar Luxe, the Milwaukee Grill and Bay Wolf before that) at 231 Milwaukee Street.

See also: Photos -- Dipping Into Kobe An Shabu Shabu

Founded by Kobe-born Kimie Loeffler in Boulder in 1979, Kobe An at one point had several locations in the metro area. Those have since changed hands, but the restaurant in Lakewood remained family-owned and was operated by Loeffler's daughter and son-in-law, Michelle and Marco Trujillo, for the past decade.

Now Loeffler has come out of semi-retirement to take over the business. Fans of Kobe An should expect to feel at home in the new Cherry Creek location, which is expected to have tatami rooms and a similar sushi and dinner menu.

The change frees up the Trujillos to concentrate on Kobe An Shabu Shabu, which the couple opened in Highland this summer. Though similar in name, Kobe An Shabu Shabu offers an entirely different experience. Find out how different when my review of Kobe An Shabu Shabu is posted here tomorrow.

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