Zengo reopens with a new menu and new, avian-loving look

Richard Sandoval’s high-end Asian fusion restaurant Zengo will reopen for dinner at Riverside Park on Monday.

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Zengo's avian-inspired interor design, seen during their grand re-opening. Oct. 5, 2016. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

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Zengo's avian-inspired interor design, seen during their grand reopening. Oct. 5, 2016. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Richard Sandoval’s high-end Asian fusion restaurant Zengo will reopen for dinner at Riverside Park on Monday.

The restaurant closed at the end of August for remodeling and a menu overhaul.

Now under the leadership of executive chef, Robert “BJ” Wojtowicz — formerly of Eleven Madison Park in New York, The French Laundry in California and Restaurant Kevin Taylor in Denver — the menu highlights Asian cuisine. Offerings include sushi, sashimi, omakase, dim sum — including char siu pork buns and short rib dumplings — curry dishes and grilled entrées like wok dishes, U.S. Prime tenderloin and BBQ pork ribs.

A sushi chef at Zengo's grand re-opening, Oct. 5, 2016. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

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Zengo's grand reopening party, Oct. 5, 2016. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

On Wednesday, Zengo gave Denver a look inside the remodeled space designed by Dubai’s LW Design Group. The dark, black and blue space remains true to the avian theme promised back in August, with bird cage-like bars dividing sections of the room and origami-style birds sculptures hanging from the ceiling and painted on the walls.

Zengo's avian-inspired interor design, seen during their grand re-opening. Oct. 5, 2016. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

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Zengo's avian-inspired interor design, seen during their grand reopening. Oct. 5, 2016. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

“When I opened Zengo in Denver in 2003, I was inspired by my travels, and passionate about bringing an entirely new style of cuisine to the city of Denver,” Sandoval said in a statement. “More than a decade later, following the recent re-opening of Zengo in Dubai, I’m excited to re-introduce a fresh new Zengo to my home city. The new Zengo will offer a blend of predominantly Asian flavors and design elements inspired by my more recent travels. I’m incredibly thankful for the support we’ve received throughout the years, and I look forward to the next 10 amazing years.”

Sushi, served at Zengo's grand re-opening, Oct. 5, 2016. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

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Sushi, served at Zengo's grand re-opening, Oct. 5, 2016. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Dinner hours are 4 to 11 p.m. daily, happy hour is from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and brunch will return sometime in late October, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.