This past weekend, Izakaya Den, the sister restaurant to the popular Sushi Den, finally opened the doors to its new second floor. The new space features 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 offers true al fresco dining. The goal of these unique design elements is to offer a garden in the sky atmosphere.
Izakaya Den moved into its new space in June from its original location across the street. The restaurant now shares a door with Sushi Den and the space allows guests to peek into the Sushi Den space from the sushi bar. While many things changed in the design, the spirit of the original restaurant was maintained 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 indicative of "Izakaya" style.
The restaurant team devoted the same amount of energy to the wine, cocktail and sake menu. Toshi Kizaki has curated one of the top sake lists in the country, which now includes sake-centric cocktails. The new cocktail menu was just launched with highlights including the Lost in Translation, a cocktail that combines cachaça with pear sake, lychee shrub, strawberries, and lemon juice, and the Summer Chill, a mix of bourbon, green tea syrup, and mint.
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 can be made at 303.777.0691.