Kojo to open in downtown Sarasota

New Asian restaurant Kojo, featuring the same ownership as Speaks Clam Bar in Lakewood Ranch and on St. Armands Circle, will take over the downtown Sarasota space previously occupied by Lemon Tree Kitchen on Palm Avenue.

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.

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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.

Kojo's interior will include a decorative moss wall sporting its name.

“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.

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