Toshi and Yasu Kizaki, the brothers who own the iconic Sushi Den, as well as sister spots Izakaya Den and Ototo, bought another property on Old South Pearl Street. Their business, Hiro & Company, purchased 1551 South Pearl Street, a 6,250-square-foot property which includes the former Gaia Bistro, which shuttered last year because of impending development.
Platt Park residents signed a petition to protect the century-old structures from being demolished for a co-working and office space and that impending development never came to fruition. Instead, the property was put back on the market and the Kizakis took the plunge and bought it. The decision to buy stemmed from the close proximity to their three restaurants, offering operational convenience and storage.
“We like to be responsible for what we do, including supporting the neighborhood. It was a fortunate circumstance the sale also saved a historic building from demolition,” said the Kizaki brothers in an email.
While no firm plans are in place, possibilities for the new space could include expanding the Denchu room / Omakase experience and catering.