Motomaki, a Japanese fast-casual concept from the team behind Hapa Sushi, is best known for its burrito-sized maki sushi rolls. (provided by Denver Pavilions)
Motomaki, a Japanese fast-casual concept from the team behind Hapa Sushi, will open this fall in the lower level of the downtown shopping center, taking over the space previously home to Native Foods Cafe, Gart Properties announced Wednesday.
It will be the first Denver location for the Boulder-born concept. Motomaki also has an outpost in Lakewood near Colorado Mills.
Known for its giant maki sushi rolls — foil-wrapped, burrito-sized and customizable — the first Motomaki opened in Boulder’s Twenty Ninth Street mall in 2014. Its “big rolls” range in price from $7 to $12, and other items on the menu include build-you-own rice bowls, poke and salads.
The 3,300-square-foot Denver location will also boast an outdoor patio and offer beer, wine and sake.
“The most important consideration for us is location,” Motomaki owner Mark Van Grack said in a statement. “Opening our newest restaurant at Denver Pavilions will help us tap into a large, growing new market. Downtown Denver is a place where people want to live, work and play.”
Native Foods Cafe shuttered its Denver Pavilions and University Park locations in early 2016.