Rocky Yama Sushi Settles In on Santa Fe Drive
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Rocky Yama Sushi Settles In on Santa Fe Drive

Red snapper, Spanish mackerel and scallop rolls are good tests of sushi quality at Rocky Yama. Why aren’t there more restaurants in the Art District on Santa Fe ? While the RiNo Art District has become more of a destination for food than art, and other hip neighborhoods like LoHi and Berkeley have plenty of culinary attractions, this stretch of Santa Fe hasn’t seen many restaurants open recently, much less succeed. But Rexyvan "Rex" Djuanvat is doing his part to change the district’s dining scene for the better. This summer he opened Rocky Yama Sushi at 801 Santa Fe Drive, where iSushi operated from 2012 to 2018. Djuanvat and sushi chef Luis Evangelista started talking about opening a Japanese restaurant together back when they both worked at the LoDo location of Sonoda’s, which closed five years ago. After that, Evangelista moved on to Sushi Den, while Djuanvat polished his management skills at various eateries before launching his own place, Rocky Fin Poke Bar , on East Colfax Avenue. Homey chicken katsu with a thick and tangy sauce. Mark Antonation When the iSushi space became available, Djuanvat sold his poke bar in order to open Rocky Yama, with a goal […]

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