Jeff Osaka closed his original Denver restaurant, Twelve, in August 2014 after a six year run in the Ballpark neighborhood. Since then, the chef has been busy — he opened two locations of Osaka Ramen (one closed earlier this year), a RiNo outpost of Sushi Rama (three more locations are in the making), and, most recently, the Denver Central Market. But it is the opening of 12 at Madison that brings this California chef back to his roots.
Comfortable, seasonally-focused, and approachable, the eatery will feature a selection of small plates and nightly specials meant to be shared. Highlights of the opening menu include the Twelve salad with baby lettuces and shaved vegetables, a short rib raviolo, the crispy pork belly with fermented Brussels sprouts, and a tagine-style lamb shank. A full bar with beer, wine, and cocktails will complement the food.
The space, which was previously home to Glaze, got a makeover. Osaka designed the warm interior with the intention of creating a soft and welcoming environment. Natural cozy colors and surfaces dominate the restaurant that can seat 50 guests plus an additional ten at the bar and chef's counter.
12 at Madison, located at 1160 Madison Street, opens on Thursday, December 15. It will serve dinner Wednesday through Sunday, beginning at 4 p.m. and a Sunday brunch from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
This article previously stated that the restaurant would open on Wednesday, December 14. An equipment glitch delayed the opening.