Miki Hashimoto, former owner of Japon, opening Tokio in Prospect

Last September, when Miki Hashimoto, the owner of Japon (now John Holly's Asian Bistro), closed his Japanese restaurant after eighteen years in Washington Park, he teased us with his future plans: "I have some great new ideas and concepts that I'm exploring that Denver hasn't seen," he said, adding that his next concept, which he'd unveil in a new location, would open in the summer of 2014. The man keeps his promises.

See also: Restaurant Japon will soon close in Wash Park - and relocate to a new location next year

True to his word, Hashimoto is opening Tokio at 2907 Huron Street, in Denver's Prospect neighborhood, later this summer. "Construction is going on right now, and I expect it to be complete around June 25," he tells me, adding that he hopes to unlock the doors to the new buildout sometime within the first week in July.

"I'm so excited to open the door for all of my generous customers who have been waiting for me to open my new restaurant," he says. And he makes this bold declaration, too: "We'll be serving the most authentic ramen noodles that you've ever tasted in Denver, along with yakitori and sushi...of course."

Twelve chef-owner Jeff Osaka, of course, is also unleashing a ramen-ya -- Osaka Ramen -- and if all goes according to plan, he'll open his Ballpark spot in August.

Let the ramen mania begin.

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