Thank you very much for your support in attending our Summer Rooftop Party!
This was our 5th and most successful one ever. We could not have done it without you. We are now in the process of editing the video and photos and will be posting those on this page when ready!
Due to the pandemic, we took a break from our Rooftop Party, however we cannot wait until August! We need fun back!
So by popular demand, our Den Corner Summer Rooftop Party is coming back August – 23rd(tue) and August 24th(wed). Our annual Global Street Food festival on our parking garage rooftop keeps getting better and is much more exciting!
This year, like we did every year, we are flying in 20 handpicked chef/owners from restaurants in southern Japan to join this event.
In between juggling bowls of steaming ramen, hand rolls, and Yatai (Japanese street food), you can enjoy award-winning sakes, Japanese spirits-inspired cocktails, international wines, and beers from some of Colorado’s finest breweries. Mingle and dance to the live notes of the Latin Jazz band and sample authentic Japanese street food and local fare from some of Denver’s global cuisine chefs. And it’s all for a good cause!
The Rooftop Party was first inspired to benefit the victims of the devastating earthquake which hit our hometown hard, the Kumamoto Prefecture in southern Japan in 2016. Along the way, our beloved, longtime home, the U.S., has also experienced many unfortunate natural disasters, which we strive to support. Over the years, thanks to your generous support, we were able to send $195,000 to our partner humanitarian organizations in the U.S., Japan, Puerto Rico and Mexico, including local non-profit, Denver’s We Don’t Waste, who is this year’s Rooftop Beneficiary. With your assistance, over the 4 years, the fundraiser has grown from 850 to 2000 guests over two nights, with tickets selling out months in advance.
Without your support, this could not have been done. For this, we are truly grateful! You are so amazing. Thank you very much for supporting this great cause! Hope to see you there!
Toshi and Yasu Kizaki
DEN Corner Rooftop Party Video
Video by Brent Andeck
Our Beneficiary is We Don’t Waste
“We Don’t Waste believes nutritious food should go to people, not landfills.
We Don’t Waste reduces hunger and food waste in the Denver area by recovering quality, unused food from the food industry and delivering it free-of-charge to food pantries, soup kitchens, schools, and shelters serving those in need. Since 2009, We Don’t Waste has recovered and distributed more than 165 million servings of food to those in need.”
FAQ / IMPORTANT DETAILS:
What is Yatai?
Yatai is the Japanese Street Food commonly found at outdoor stands all over Japan.
In Japan, enjoying street food is an occasion for us to meet friends and catch up while enjoying drinks and yummy food in a casual setting, and one of the few places in Japan that you see people walking around and eating. In summer, we find these food stalls at summer festivals and stroll around the food booths and enjoy the fireworks. Naturally, there is no seating available at the summer festivals.
At our Summer Rooftop Party, even though we have some seating available, because of the space limitation at the top of the garage, the seating is meant to be temporarily occupied, then when you finish eating, you can continue strolling and someone else can temporarily sit for a little while. We ask for your cooperation and understanding that there is no guarantee you will have seating.
Can I buy a ticket at the restaurants?
- Regular All-inclusive tickets (Includes 5 drink tickets)
- $125 plus tax & handling fee
- Door opens for this ticket holder at 5:00pm.
- $125 plus tax & handling fee
- Regular All-inclusive tickets (Includes 3 drink tickets)
- $100 plus tax & handling fee
- Door opens for this ticket holder at 6:30pm.
- $100 plus tax & handling fee
- Please note there is no guaranteed seating at any ticket level, it is all Open Seating.
Is the ticket for one day or two days?
All tickets are good for one day’s entry.
Can I transfer my ticket to another person or update the name?
Yes, please be aware Eventbrite is the only one who can assist you. Here are instructions as well as a video that can assist you.
Can I switch days?
Yes, you can switch days, through Eventbrite. (While tickets are still available). Here is a video that can assist you.
Can you refund my ticket?
Unfortunately there are no refunds. Because this is a charity event and there are supply chain costs with ordering food, there are no refunds. However, you can transfer tickets to someone else free of charge through Eventbrite!
What do I need to bring for entry?
- Your confirmation email from Eventbrite and your photo ID.
- You will have an e-ticket furnished by Eventbrite sent to your email.
- If you have multiple tickets, screen shot them and save them on your phone for
Can under-age attend the event?
- Yes, they can. Must be accompanied by parent or guardian.
- The alcoholic beverages will be served only to 21 and over.
Are dogs/pets allowed at this event?
Pets are not permitted. Service and working animals are not considered pets and are exempt from this policy.
What was the Rooftop Party like in previous years?
Please see some images
What time does the event start and also end? 6:30 PM -9:30 PM
- $125 Ticket Holder – 5:00pm early admission
- $100 Ticket Holder – 6:30pm admission
What happens if it rains?
The show must go on! So it will be on, rain or shine.
How many guests are expected for each evening?
We are expecting approximately 600~800 guests for each night.
Can I reserve a table?
So sorry, we cannot reserve tables due to the informal nature of the event. Yatai style is walking around eating at the various food and drink stations while people come and go. There is no guaranteed seating at any ticket level.
Is this a charitable event?
With our Rooftop Party, a portion of the proceeds and donations raised from this event go to:
We Don’t Waste.
“We Don’t Waste an innovative food recovery organization reducing food waste by recovering food from venues, events, caterers, restaurants, and major food distributors, then deliver the food to community-based non-profit agencies serving vulnerable populations, increasing food security within those populations. We are the link between food sources and the underserved.”
Who are the chefs?
There will be 20 chefs from Japan flying in and there will be up to 6 local chefs.
What kind of food do you serve?
We are serving Japanese comfort food for the soul, including Ramen, Okonomiyaki, and BBQ/Yakiniku, hand rolls, etc. These are typically served as street food called Yatai, also found at festivals across Japan.
Chefs from Denver will be serving their own versions of street food.
Are these foods gluten-free or vegan?
Some of the dishes are vegetarian and gluten-free. The menu will be announced very soon.
Can I do take-out with this food?
So sorry, take-out is not available.
What kind of drinks do you serve?
- Sake, Wine, Beer and Shochu-based Cocktails.
- The $100 Ticket includes 3 alcohol beverages of your choice.
- You’ll receive 3 drink coupons when you check-in.
- The $125 Ticket includes 5 alcohol beverages of your choice, and Early Entry
- You’ll receive 5 drink coupons when you check-in.
- There will be a booth available for purchasing extra beverage coupons. Soft drinks and water are complimentary. No refunds possible on beverage coupons.
Where do I park my car?
- Please park in the neighborhood street parking.
- Limited Valet service available in front of the parking garage.
- However, we highly suggest you take cab, Public Transit/RTD, Uber or Lyft.
Where do I check in?
We will have a check-in booth at our garage/event building, at 1540 South Pearl St., across the street from OTOTO restaurant.
What kind of music will you play?
We plan to have a live band playing Latin jazz.
Who is the organizer of this event?
- Sushi Den/Izakaya Den/OTOTO
Are there any bathrooms at the venue?
There will be the porta-potties on the ground level of the parking garage where the entrance is.
Are the 2 restaurants open as usual while the event is on for 2 days?
Yes, business is as usual at Sushi Den and Izakaya Den.