And now, the grand reveal of Aburiya Toranoko, Michael Cardenas' latest adventure into the underbelly of Japanese cuisine, opening next Wednesday. Positioned just next door to another Cardenas venture, Lazy Ox Canteen, Toranoko launches with a colorful Murakami-esque mural, black tufted banquettes, a long communal dining table, and glossy black chandeliers. On the far right sits the bar serving Japanese beers like Hitachino White and Echigo, in addition to curious, exotic cocktails where Bacon-infused vodka, persimmons, and roasted jalapenos mix and mingle. Here's the adventurous izakaya menu again, note the sushi party goes down toward the restaurant's rear. Feels like Lazy Ox, but not.
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