A new Asian restaurant, featuring the exact same ownership as a popular Sarasota-Manatee dining location, will acquire over a prime location in downtown Sarasota.
Kojo has moved into the 1289 N. Palm Ave. place that formerly housed Lemon Tree Kitchen on Palm Avenue Parking Garage’s ground floor, with hopes to open by late February, explained co-proprietor Natalia Levey. She is also an owner of Speaks Clam Bar, a New York-design and style Italian clam bar with Lakewood Ranch and St. Armands Circle areas.
Levey claimed Kojo was encouraged by time she invested in Asia as nicely as touring with her husband, and will include cuisines from throughout the continent in its menu.
“The menu was encouraged by the flavors and the components and the uniqueness of Asia,” Levey said. “It strives to be acquainted and enjoyable, but there will be some surely exceptional and unanticipated flavors and dishes as nicely.”
Kojo programs to feature entrees these as bacon and shrimp kimchi fried rice and carbonara with guanciale, poached onsen egg and crispy nori, along with traditional sushi and nori tacos with fillings this kind of as torched salmon teriyaki.
It will also offer you vegan and vegetarian options as properly as starter dishes, such as shiitake mushroom miso soup and rock shrimp tempura.
The restaurant’s beverage director will be David Roth, who has labored in many New York establishments and won Don Julio’s Star Again competitiveness.
The consume menu is expected to element an emphasis on sake and other Asian touches, such as supplying its take on a Midori sour and incorporating flavors like wasabi.
The restaurant will seat approximately 160-170 the two indoors and outdoors, with its interior showcasing an open kitchen alongside with touches that involve a decorative moss wall sporting Kojo’s identify. It designs to originally open for dinner assistance, then expand to lunch hrs in the potential.
Kojo’s Palm Avenue place was formerly occupied for many yrs by Tableseide Cafe Team, which now operates Libby’s Neighborhood Brasserie and Circo: A Taco & Bourbon Joint. Immediately after opening Louies Contemporary there in 2013, it reopened in 2019 as the wellbeing-focused Lemon Tree Kitchen just before closing final year amid the pandemic.
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