CultureMap Austin: Asian-fusion restaurant ditches Aspen for new downtown Austin digs

“As Colorado fills up with Austin-born concepts like Lustre Pearl and Uchi in Denver and Clark’s Oyster Bar in Aspen, one Centennial State restaurant is returning the favor. Popular Asian fusion eatery House of the Rising Tanuki-san has decamped to the Capital City to open in the former home of sports bar Basecamp at 120 W. Fifth St. on November 6.

According to a release, the concept originally began in early 2018 as a take-out pop-up restaurant run out the kitchen of Aspen’s popular Bootsy Bellows nightclub. After a successful initial run, the eatery expanded with seating inside the club and a separate to-go window in the alley, soon becoming one of the town’s most talked-about new restaurants.

But Austin’s dynamic food scene drew owners Jonathan Leichliter, Kirra Sherman, and Adam Norwig to warmer climes and they began looking to move the operation to Texas. When the Basecamp space closed in late October, the team quickly transformed it into Tanuki…”

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Kirra Sherman