Last summer, chef Jeff Osaka closed twelve, his fine-dining eatery in the Ballpark neighborhood, to embark on several more casual ventures, including Osaka Ramen, which opened this past spring in RiNo (with a second location in Cherry Creek). In the process, the talented chef seems to have given himself over to the freedom that comes with creating more fun, casual fare. However, as Osaka himself explains in Gretchen Kurtz's review of Osaka Ramen
, "My focus has changed, but the quality of food has not." Indeed, Osaka's ramen lives up to expectations, but there's even more on the menu to tempt diners, including small plates and bento boxes. Photographer Danielle Lirette offers a behind-the-scenes look at the restaurant.
All photos by Danielle Lirette.