This is something you don’t see every day: a grand-opening sake ceremony. Matsuhisa, taking its name from world-renowned Master Chef Nobu Matsuhisa, opened its doors May 5 with the Japanese tradition believed to bring its celebrants happiness and good luck.

Nobuyuki Matsuhisa~p1_200The new, approximately 7,800-square-foot Denver restaurant — which joins Matsuhisa’s locations in Aspen and Vail — is at 98 N. Steele St., on the street level of the luxurious Steele Creek apartment building Haselden constructed. Haselden’s on-call team completed the restaurant’s elegant interior finishes.

A James Beard Award-nominated chef, Matsuhia creates fusion-style menus blending traditional Japanese dishes with ingredients from Peru and Argentina, where he honed his culinary craft before opening his first restaurant in the United States in Beverly Hills, Calif.

“Matsuhisa in Aspen and Vail have hosted food lovers from around the world,” co-owner Michael Goldberg said in a news release. “We look forward to bringing Matsuhisa’s innovative menu to our guests in Denver.”