Second Helpings

Turning Japanese: A Second Helping of Westword Food & Drink, May 23-27

There were plenty of Japanese eateries in the news this week, starting with Monday's opening of Bamboo Sushi, serving certified-sustainable seafood inside Avanti Food & Beverage. For Chef and Tell, Gretchen Kurtz tracked down the globetrotting Nobu Matsuhisa to talk about his newest Matsuhisa restaurant in Cherry Creek as well as highlights from his career as an innovator in Japanese and Peruvian cuisine.
And Mark Antonation visited three Japanese restaurantsOtoto, Cherry Hills Sushi Co. and Sushi Ronin — to see how they help guide customers toward top-notch sake and food pairings.

In other news: 

RESTAURANTS/BARS OPENING THIS WEEK:*
Bamboo Sushi at Avanti Food & Beverage, 3200 Pecos Street 
Five on Black, 1805 29th Street, Boulder
Great Australian Bite, 6710 South Cornerstar Way, Aurora
Soban, 12101 East Iliff Avenue, Aurora
Stones on 32nd, 3211 Pecos Street
World of Beer (Sunday), 921 Pearl Street, Boulder

RESTAURANTS/BARS REOPENING THIS WEEK:*
The Dirty Duck Bar, 4780 East Evans Avenue

*Or earlier, and not reported in a previous Second Helping.
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Mark Antonation is the former Westword Food & Drink Editor. In 2018, he was named Outstanding Media Professional by the Colorado Restaurant Association; he's now with the Colorado Restaurant Foundation.
Contact: Mark Antonation