Izakaya Ronin brings sushi and a basement bar to Industry

Downstairs, a re-purposed boiler room offers cheaper, late-night fare. Upstairs, a single shot of (very special) whisky can run $350.

A big 'ol plate of shashimi at Izakaya Ronin, Nov. 28, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

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Izakaya Ronin head chef and partner Corey Baker blowtorches a Godzilla Roll, Nov. 28, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) kevinjbeaty; denver; denverite; colorado; food; rino; brighton boulevard; five points; nightlife;
Izakaya Ronin head chef and partner Corey Baker blowtorches a Godzilla Roll, Nov. 28, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Fans of Sushi Ronin in the Highlands will have another place to get their fix starting Dec. 2, when Izakaya Ronin opens at Industry in RiNo.

“I’m beyond humbled by the warm reception Denver has given to Sushi Ronin,” executive chef and partner Corey Baker said in a statement. “Now, just shy of its second anniversary, I couldn’t be more excited to introduce Izakaya Ronin. I think the city and the neighborhood will be especially receptive to the late-night dining component we have here.”

The new spot will take a lot of cues from its sister restaurant, serving an almost identical menu of sushi, salads, warm and cool plates, tempura options, noodles and soups, combination plates and rice bowls. Unique options will include Wagyu Culotte — Mishima reserve wagyu ultra beef, seared rare and served with Shio Koji, wasabi oil and Yuzu Kosho — and a miso-marinated Black Cod.

A big 'ol plate of shashimi at Izakaya Ronin, Nov. 28, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) kevinjbeaty; denver; denverite; colorado; food; rino; brighton boulevard; five points; nightlife;
A big ‘ol plate of shashimi at Izakaya Ronin, Nov. 28, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Downstairs in a re-purposed boiler room, the moguri izakaya (roughly “speakeasy” or “hidden tavern”) will offer a different, cheaper, late-night menu. The warm, pub-style Japanese small plates will cost $10 to $15.

On the other end of the price spectrum, there are swanky beverage options like the Yamazaki Sherry Cask 2016 single malt whisky. It’ll run you $350 per shot.

Izakaya Ronin head chef and partner Corey Baker (left) and lead bartender Dusty O'Connell in their downstairs speakeasy-style bar, Nov. 28, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) kevinjbeaty; denver; denverite; colorado; food; rino; brighton boulevard; five points; nightlife;
Izakaya Ronin head chef and partner Corey Baker (left) and lead bartender Dusty O’Connell in their downstairs speakeasy-style bar, Nov. 28, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

All told, the 3,500-square-foot restaurant seats 60 upstairs, 50 downstairs and 28 on the patio. Dinner and drinks will be served upstairs from 5 to 10 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

Update: Instead of opening at 9 p.m. as originally planned, the moguri izakaya will be open from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m., with kitchen service closing at 1:30 a.m.

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