In Breaking International Food News for Downtown Denver…Ghugi Ghives Up the Ghost, Tsunami of Sushi About to Wash Over LoDo…and, Whither Boney’s?

India House on Blake Street has closed. Ghugi Singh shuttered the place after dinner last Saturday night, nearly 20 years after it re-opened as India House. Before 1993, a dark cavernous space was also operated by Singh, the Delhi Darbar. The re-model was elegant, bright and very well designed. The food was terrific!

We noticed the space was dark yesterday while out on a walk. Today in Westword, they reported that Ghugi is going on to other things and will be back with more and better Indian fare. We hope they are right about that. They also initially reported that it had only been there since 2007.

Going into the space is sushi, Hapa Sushi Grill and Sake Bar to be exact, expected to be open by August. They have locations in Boulder, down south and in Cherry Creek. So, once the locals have tried all the pizza places, slice by slice (read our Pizza post here), they’ll be able to cast out for lots and lots of raw fish in the neighborhood. Sonoda’s on Market Street will have new fishy neighbors in Hapa and the Blue Sushi Sake Grill currently building out in the other half of the former Dixon’s. And, this new Hapa is going in next door to the under-construction Aoba Japanese restaurant on Blake Street. Suddenly, there will be so much fish in LoDo you’ll think the Platte had risen. Could be global warming. Almost one fish for every slice of pizza.

But, speaking of sushi, don’t forget our old friend Tam Han, owner and chef at Sushi Han in Writer Square since 1990! Good sushi, great lunch and happy hour, good stories from Tam, and why are there always so many Japanese people eating there? They know something.

And, speaking of Writer Square, which we don’t like to do too much since the owners turned this unique mixed-use urban development into a strip mall…we may be the last in town to realize that Boney’s Smokehouse Pit Barbeque’s sidewalk kiosk is gone!

"Five Pulled Pork Sandwiches to Go!"

Apparently, it was spirited away in October. We just didn’t notice. Could have been all the little A-frame sidewalk signs along the mall promoting the Square’s businesses and empty spaces.

We miss Boney’s at that location. You have the jones for ‘cue, you need it quick. The friendly kiosk worked for us, just like it worked for Joe Biden when he hit town in 2008. Now, though, it’s really not too far up to the main store at 1555 Champa. Follow your nose!