Hiro & Company (DBA Den Corner Restaurants), with Roth Sheppard Architects and Jordy Construction, unveil the new Izakaya Den this month. The first floor opens to public the end of May, with the second floor debuting in mid-June.
Izakaya Den maintains the spirit of the original Izakaya Den with an extensive sushi menu, global kitchen selection and new Izakaya-style small plates. The new Chef de Cuisine, Scott Hybbeneth, worked closely with Master Chef Toshi Kizaki to create a signature global menu. The menu encompasses Japanese techniques and traditions blended with contemporary flavors along with Izakaya Den’s signature fresh and expansive seafood selection.
The restaurant team devoted the same amount of energy to the wine, cocktail and sake menu. Months were spent with wine professionals from Southern Wine & Spirits along with national mixologists to create thoughtful wine and cocktail lists paired seamlessly with Japanese cuisine. Toshi Kizaki has curated one of the top sake lists in the country, which now includes sake-centric cocktails.
Designed by Toshi Kizaki and Roth Sheppard Architects, the new Izakaya Den’s multi-level interior features a lush bamboo garden juxtaposed by a glass enclosed elevator and grand staircase leading up to the second floor. The lower level gives way to an ample dining space, a signature sushi bar, a communal table, and intimate private dining areas divided by repurposed sliding screen walls from the original Izakaya Den space.
Relocated design pieces from the original Izakaya Den include red lacquer wall boxes, lanterns made of antique Kimono fabric, bamboo partitions, and custom made chairs from Japan. These traditional elements coupled with newly crafted wood walls, wood beam ceilings, and steel and slate accents create a dynamic environment for guests. The restaurant will offer seating for 250 guests encompassing the first and second floors including the terrace.
The second level of the new restaurant will open in mid June and feature intimate dining areas, a cocktail lounge and full bar with a retractable glass ceiling offering sky views and open air during warm weather months. An additional patio will offer true al fresco dining. Together, these innovative design elements offer a garden in the sky atmosphere.
The new Izakaya Den is located at 1487-A South Pearl Street and open for dinner Tuesday through Saturday and lunch Saturday and Sunday. Reservations may be made by visiting the website http://www.izakayaden.net/ or calling 303-777-0691.