Ramen makes a run at Tennyson St. storefront


Kazan will take the space of Axios Estiatorio, which closed Friday after six years. (Lynn yen)

Berkeley is swapping out Greek for Japanese.

Axios Estiatorio closed on Friday after six years serving Greek cuisine on Tennyson Street. The Topakas family hung a sign saying they moved on to other ventures.

The blue of Axios’ corner building at 3901 Tennyson St. soon will be painted over to make way for a ramen shop, Kazan Ramen Bistro.

Kazan is the second venture for the investors of Miyabi Jr., a fast hibachi restaurant on East Hampden Avenue that opened three years ago. Among the investors is Seiki Takahashi, the CEO of PJ Partners, a Japanese restaurant group. The owners are looking to open more restaurants in Denver.

The ramen shop has signed a lease on the 2,200-square-foot building with John Livaditis as the tenant’s broker. It plans to open by November.

Kazan’s head chef has been training in Japan for six months, learning about broth and how to make adjustments to cooking at altitude. The broth served at the store will be made from scratch.

In addition to ramen, the restaurant will have a bar and serve izakaya – Japanese small-dish foods similar to tapas.

The new tenant plans to double the size of the kitchen and add a backyard patio that will seat a dozen customers.

The interior will have a capacity of 60 to 70 people and will be designed by a firm from Japan. Kazan has not chosen a general contractor yet.

The restaurant will be joined on the block by new-to-neighborhood brands Whit’s Frozen Custard and High Point Creamery.

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dave barnes

What Tennyson Street really needs is decent quality, inexpensive [American-style] Chinese.