What will $12 million and chefs from the esteemed restaurant empires of Matsuhisa Nobu and Masahara Morimoto get you?
In a word, Kuro, a posh, sophisticated and (quite probably) pricy Japanese restaurant set to open in January in the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood.
Top toque of the endeavor is Alex Becker, who doubles as the resort’s culinary director and has worked at such high-profile and highly respected Japanese eateries as Nobu and Katsuya. In charge of the raw fish is exec sushi chef Shuji Hiyakawa, who comes to Kuro from the restaurants of “Iron Chef” Morimoto. Spending some of those 12 million bucks is the David Mexico Design Group, whose credits include Nobu restaurants and Bobby Flay’s Bar Americain and Mesa Grill.
Details on the cuisine are sketchy at present, but Becker’s skill set promises “new-style Japanese dining” that will “elevate Kuro to the next level.” Also expect extensive wine and sake lists, an artisan cocktails program and an array of Japanese whiskeys. More details as they become available. . .