The world of hospitality and entertainment collide in a new Japanese steakhouse and sushi concept called Gekkō set to open in July in Brickell, one of Miami's most dynamic neighborhoods. The steakhouse is a partnership between Bad Bunny –one of the world's most-streamed musicians, soon to turn upscale restaurateur– and globally renowned innovator and hospitality entrepreneur David Grutman.
Gekkō, a word meaning moonlight, will base its menu on Japanese-inspired dishes, prime cuts, and Wagyu beef (along with hints of Korean barbecue), emphasizing tableside presentations such as flame-seared steak courses. Additional dishes and a full sushi program, including a 6-seat Omakase bar, will be available. The restaurant will add to Miami's growth in the food industry and how innovative Japanese concepts have proved to be a hit in the eclectic Magic City.
"I've known Bunny for years, we actually met at another one of our restaurants, Komodo, with Drake," Grutman said. "I knew Bunny was a sushi fanatic, and, over time we started speaking about doing something together – a fusion of sushi, the best steak you can buy, and a lounge atmosphere."
The Rockwell Group is in charge of Gekkō's design. The restaurant's aesthetic is grounded in a luxurious-yet-contemporary application of graphic wall coverings, jewel tones, golden light, and natural wood accents. Gekkō's location sits on the particularly colorful and Instagrammable South Miami Avenue corridor. It will take over the Katsuya space at SLS Lux Brickell Tower, seating approximately 185 guests.
“I think I’ve reached a point in my career where I can venture off into new projects,” Bad Bunny told Highsnobiety. “I have a passion for this, and I’m going to take my time. The thing I look forward to the most, after a day of meetings, interviews, filming, touring, or all of the above, is going out to eat.”