Jeff Osaka re­ju­ve­nates first lo­cal restau­rant

The Denver Post - - LIFE & CULTURE - by Justin De La Rosa, Spe­cial to The Den­ver Post Justin De La Rosa (de­la­din­ is a food writer for The Den­ver Post.

Two years af­ter clos­ing shop in the Ball­park neigh­bor­hood, Jeff Osaka has re­vived his first Den­ver restau­rant, 12. The chef and restau­ra­teur opened 12@ Madi­son on Dec. 16, bring­ing a sim­i­lar con­cept to the Congress Park neigh­bor­hood.

“Osaka Ra­men and Sushi-Rama are my out­lets to the food I grew up on, and there’s some­thing com­fort­ing about that,” Osaka said. “12 is the style of food that chal­lenges me and is what my culi­nary foun­da­tion is built upon. I can ex­plore the world rather than fo­cus on just one coun­try.” 12@ Madi­son is lo­cated at 1160 Madi­son St.

Oskar Blues will open a restau­rant in Colorado Springs:

Colorado Springs will get a taste of Oskar Blues Food­eries, a restau­rant and beer bar con­cept from the Long­mont brew­ery, start­ing next sum­mer. The 15,000-square-foot space at 118 N. Te­jon St. will take over two lev­els of the DeGraff Build­ing and serve up smoked meats, burg­ers and seafood — and fea­ture 43 beers on tap.

Oskar Blue Food­eries is also set to open its third out­post of CHUBurger in Den­ver’s RiNo neigh­bor­hood this winter.

Bad Daddy’s Burger Bar opens 10th lo­ca­tion in Broom­field:

Broom­field’s burger lovers have a new place to pile their pat­ties high. Bad Daddy’s Burger Bar has opened a new lo­ca­tion at 1 West Flat­iron Cross­ing Drive, but the cel­e­bra­tion doesn’t stop there. The burger-cen­tric restau­rant is hold­ing give­aways through Dec. 23 to wel­come guests.

Rosen­berg’s to host sec­ond an­nual “Jewish Christmas” pop-up:

If a Christmas Eve roast isn’t in your hol­i­day plan, Rosen­berg’s Bagels has you cov­ered. On Dec. 24, the Jewish del­i­catessen will host its an­nual “Jewish Christmas” pop-up Chi­nese din­ner.

The menu will fea­ture Chi­nese-Amer­i­can fa­vorites, in­clud­ing egg rolls, fried rice and lo mein, as well as orig­i­nal cre­ations like smoked salmon ran­goons and kung pao pas­trami. A $60 ticket for adults gets an allinclu­sive food and booze ex­pe­ri­ence with chil­dren’s tick­ets at $20 for din­ner and show­ing of “Na­tional Lam­poon’s Christmas Va­ca­tion” and “The He­brew Ham­mer.” The one-off din­ner will ben­e­fit Pro­ject An­gel Heart. Tick­ets avail­able at Rosen­bergsChrist­

STK Den­ver com­ing to LoDo:

A swanky new steak­house is com­ing to LoDo. STK Den­ver will open early next year at 1550 Market St., bring­ing an up­scale, con­tem­po­rary steak­house ex­pe­ri­ence. The chain has lo­ca­tions around the world, in­clud­ing New York, Las Ve­gas, Mi­lan and Ibiza.

Ex­ec­u­tive chef Wil­liam Tug­gle will man the burn­ers when STK Den­ver opens. Be­cause it is a chain, most of the menu will re­flect other lo­ca­tions, but Tug­gle had his in­put for about 30 per­cent of it. “The one dish I’m re­ally look­ing for­ward to serv­ing our guests is the Colorado buf­falo with vanilla sun­choke pureé, roasted maitake mush­rooms and red cur­rant jus,” he said.

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