After eighteen years, Restaurant Japon, a featured establishment on Old South Gaylord Street, is suspending its operations on October 31, 2013.
Miki Hashimoto, the owner and creator of Restaurant Japon, wants a break to focus on his next concept in Asian Fusion cuisine. "We’ve had eighteen great years serving our loyal customers, many of whom have become close friends.” Miki said. “I have some great new ideas and concepts that I’m exploring and that Denver hasn’t seen. I’m planning a new location, a new environment, in a new setting, scheduled to open in the Early Summer of 2014. ”
Before opening Japon, Miki was known to “disappear” to work with master chefs in restaurants in Denver, Aspen and Breckenridge, while those that delighted in his food, presentation and personality maintained an underground network to determine where he had gone.
Tom Polich, a long-time friend and business advisor lamented, “I’d have to ask around for signs of his appearance at a new location, and then chide him for leaving without notice. I love his personality and his food… best sushi I’ve ever had, and I lived in a dozen states.”
“That won’t happen”, laughs Miki, with the usual wry sparkle in his eyes, “I’m relocating, this is a temporary thing. I’ll stay in touch and I encourage everyone to go to my website, www.japonsushi.com, for updates or to send me a note.”
Michael Barish, Miki’s partner for many years sent his special thank you the staff, customers, and the Old South Gaylord Neighborhood Association and Washington Park East Neighborhood Association for their support over the years. The new owners of the South Gaylord space will likely reopen as an Asian concept in the spring 2014.
For more information on Restaurant Japon, visit www.japonsushi.com or stop by for a meal while they are still open!