Gyu-Kaku is a Japanese Based Chain, and They Are Coming to Denver


I know, you are somehow reading that as “guy you cock you,” but you are slightly off…. it is “gew-kah-koo.”

I seriously never thought any Japanese based chain would come to Colorado any time soon, but we finally have one coming to Denver, wow (who made this happen??).

No large slabs of steaks here, so you can try a little of everything.

I think it was maybe 30+ years ago that possibly Yoshinoya had attempted to establish themselves in Colorado, but they were probably the last major Japanese based chain.

The only thing close to a Japanese chain are the Japanese-American based ones who survived or opened up shop recently were Benihana and Nobu Matsuhisa?

Here’s your chance to show your grilling skilz with a “z” (btw, that’s not “BBQ’ng”)

If you are not familiar with Gyu-Kaku, they are a Japanese “yakiniku” (yaki=”grilled” and “niku” beef) restaurant.

In fact, it is one of the few chains aside from Yoshinoya that I’ll see in Japan where I’m tempted to visit one of the 700+ locations although I have yet to go to one.

Yakiniku is derived from Korean BBQ, but just like ramen being from China, curry being from India, to tempura coming from Portugal, all the dishes and the way the restaurant operates is very Japanese. In fact, it is one of the few chains aside from Yoshinoya that I’ll see in Japan where I’m tempted to visit one of the 700+ locations although I have yet to go to one. Yoshinoya on the other the hand, you can find me in one in Japan at about 2-3 am slightly drunk, but in the U.S., you couldn’t get me to go to one unless I’m blackout drunk or roofied (I’m not hinting at or suggesting anything here).

I like the shrimp hiding at the bottom, that’s my go to along with the mushrooms and spinach.

Gyu-kaku is the king of promotions, and I have their app because it’s the only app not to just sit on my phone, yea, I’m talking about you Pokemon Go.

It’s well worth the download because most of the food is anywhere from 100 to 250 points on average, and it doesn’t take much to build points which you do by downloading the app (100 points), frequent dining (points based on your bill), referrals (50 points), or you get points because its your birthday (100 points). It’s why  I highly recommend that you download the app although keep in mind that not all locations participate in the promotions because they are individually franchised.

Only blocks away from Union Station

BTW, at the time of this post, they’re hiring for an entry-level management position starting at $51.6K (after introductory period).

About Gyu-kaku

Gyu-Kaku, meaning “Horn of the Bull” in Japanese, provides the authentic Japanese yakiniku (grilled barbecue) dining experience where customers share premium cooked meats over a flaming charcoal grill while sipping on Japanese sake, shochu, and frosty cold beers. Gyu-Kaku offers a wide range of meats including the best-seller Harami Skirt Steak in Miso Marinade and Certified Angus Kalbi Short Rib in Tare Sweet Soy Marinade.

Gyu-Kaku Japanese BBQ has been awarded the prestigious Hot Concept Award and Restaurant Business Magazine’s Future 50 (Fastest Growing Chain). With over 700 locations in Japan and a rapid growth of restaurants in the U.S, we are looking for individuals who are passionate about the restaurant industry.


1998 18th St.
Denver, CO 80202

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