VOGUE 2018 Most Anticipated Restaurant Opening
by Kat Odell
January 18, 2018
The future of American dining looks bright. Here’s what to get excited about in 2018, conveniently arranged in alphabetical order. In Austin, Uchi’s chef is opening a casual Asian smokehouse (with sake slushies, obviously), while a new Cosme is coming to Los Angeles by the end of the year. Azabu Miami Beach made the list and will open January 18th, 2018 in the South of Fifth neighborhood of Miami Beach.
Azabu Miami Beach Grand Opening
January 18, 2018
Miami, FL – January 9, 2017 – Azabu Miami Beach, the famed michelin star NY restaurant is hosting it's Grand Opening on January 18th, 2018 in the heart of vibrant Miami Beach in the South of Fifth neighborhood. Located at 161 Ocean Drive in the Stanton Marriott.
The South Beach location will house various concepts including a full-service dining room, plus two parts that aren’t available at its NY counterpart: a hidden sushi counter called The Den and Bar Azabu, a cocktail bar showcasing imported whiskies and sakes.
In the dining room expect a menu featuring Izakaya style dining with dishes like robata-grilled yakitori, Japanese fried rice served tableside on a Tobanyaki grill, sukiyaki, udon and the Instagram favorite, Raindrop Cake.
The Den will feature an 11-seat sushi bar serving sushi using imported seafood flown in directly from fish markets in Japan. It will feature a formal Omakase style dining experience, led by Chef Ken, previously of Shinji by Kanesaka, a Michelin-starred sushi restaurant in Macau, and Sushi Kanesaka in Tokyo, which also is a Michelin-rated restaurant.
As for Bar Azabu, it'll be helmed by bartender Davide Borgia and plans to use imported ingredients and Japanese-inspired presentation styles served in glassware handcrafted by a Japanese artisans. It also plans to carry an extensive list of imported Japanese sakes and whiskies, including several vintage varieties.
Azabu Miami Beach Pop Up in Wynwood
October 27, 2017
Miami, FL – October 24, 2017 – Azabu Miami Beach, the authentic Japanese restaurant opening in January 2018, had a pop up event inWynwood. Azabu Miami Beach has a Japanese concept where guests can enjoy an authentic and intimate dining experience. Originating in NYC, as Sushi Azabu in Tribeca, the Azabu brand has been awarded a Michelin Star for six consecutive years and is now excited to bring its culinary expertise to the heart of vibrant Miami Beach in the South of Fifth neighborhood.
Sushi Azabu New York, listed in most Expensive Sushi in the US (That's Actually Worth It) Article
Food & Wine
September 17, 2017
With the emphasis that high-end sushi restaurants put on sourcing their ingredients, and the rigorous training that often goes into the craft of sushi preparation, prices at a certain type of place can skyrocket—especially if you’re going for the omakase (chef’s tasting) menu, and especially if you add on a wagyu beef supplement or a sake pairing. That’s not to say that it’s not worth it. These are the 20 priciest—and some of the most delicious—sushi restaurants in the country. —Marian Bull
PLAN DO SEE VOTED #3 IN 2017 GREAT PLACE TO WORK
February 14, 2017
Plan Do See was voted #3 Great Place to Work in 2017 in Japan, amongst companies that have over 1000 employees . A distinguished award. Plan Do See ranked behind American Express who came in second place (2nd), and Works Applications who came in first (1st). Other notable companies who ranked in the top 10 were Eli Lilly, DHL, Morgan Stanley, and Prudential.
SOUTH FLORIDA'S MOST ANTICIPATED OPENINGS, WINTER 2017
December 7, 2016
LOLO'S SURF CANTINA
WHO: Chef Richard Ampudia, Plan Do See
WHAT: A Baja-inspired eatery named after Ampudia's grandmother, Lolo, it'll feature Mexican cuisine with locally sourced ingredients, plus grab-and-go options.
GLAMOUR MAGAZINE WOMAN OF THE YEAR GALA AT PALEY
November 14, 2016
Celebrities and world leaders mixed and mingled at an intimate dinner at L.A. restaurant Paley, where DJ Kitty Cash started off the night by spinning hits from legendary rock band U2, because, hello, Bono was there.
LOLO'S SURF CANTINA TO OPEN IN SOUTH OF FIFTH NEIGHBORHOOD
Miami New Times
November 4, 2016
Miami Beach's South of Fifth Neighborhood is about to get spicy. Lolo's Surf Cantina, a new restaurant concept by chef/partner Richard Ampudia will bring Mexican-style dining inspired by Baja California to South Florida
Slated to open before the end of 2016, Lolo's Surf Cantina is the progeny of Ampudia and Plan Do See, a global hospitality brand based in Japan. A beachside space inside the recently refurbished Stanton South Beach will be transformed into the eatery, catering to locals as well as out-of-towners...
LOLO'S SURF CANTINA TO BRING MEXICAN FARE TO SOUTH OF FIFTH THIS WINTER
October 12, 2016
Mexican eats are heading to the South of Fifth neighborhood come this December, when Lolo’s Surf Cantina makes its grand debut.
Behind the concept is Plan Do See, a global hospitality brand based in Japan, and Richard Ampudia, who is described as the "Godfather of Mexican Street Food."
10 SEXIEST NEW RESTAURANTS IN LA
October 10, 2016
With a look that blends midcentury-modern with contemporary edge, the open room - from the bustling kitchen and chef's counter, to the large black leather booths, brown banquettes and fab light fixtures in the dining room and the brass- stool wrapped curved bar - is designed for boss-impressing lunched and lingering dinners off a New American menu. The dining room, surrounded by windows, is bright and sunny during the day and sexy at night. The bar at the front of the restaurant is a new cocktail magnet for the neighborhood.
5 RESTAURANTS AROUND THE WORLD THAT LOOK AS GOOD AS THEY TASTE
New York Post
October 3, 2016
The best new dining rooms around the world aren’t just places to eat. In the Instagram age, a restaurant’s interior — and how much attention it’s likely to draw on social media — may be as important as its haute cuisine.
Here are five restaurants around the world with truly arresting design bon fides.
THE BEST NEW RESTAURANT AND BAR OPENINGS OF 2016
Time Out Los Angeles
July 22, 2016
Though Paley. might scream “steak and martini” when you walk in, its raw bar—and seafood in general—is the shining star. Scallops are sliced thinly like carpaccio, drizzled in finger limes and topped with slices of sweet toy box melon and jalapeño. Interspersed with bites of the butter lettuce and English peas—a massive mound of greens tossed with crème fraiche and the Japanese condiment nori goma furikake—you could vow to subsist on protein and vegetables forever. Herbaceous cocktails serve as a refreshing libation, along with an extensive wine list.
Named in honor of William S. Paley, the late founder of Columbia Broadcasting System (CBS), and his divine wife, Babe, the gorgeous new restaurant Paley, in one of Hollywood's landmark buildings, opens this month. Midcentury-modern design juxtaposed with contemporary features, such as concrete columns and several of Dustin Yellin's Psychogeographies, evokes old-world glamour with a vibrant twist.
THE MOST ANTICIPATED LOS ANGELES RESTAURANT OPENINGS IN 2016
January 4, 2016
Paley.: Part of the complex that houses new co-working space NeueHouse, this seasonal California spot with a period in its name is located in the 1930s landmark building that was formerly home to CBS. Chef Greg Bernhardt (Church & State, Perch, Sixth St. Bar) is leading the kitchen.
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CHURCH AND STATE ALUM GREG BERNHARDT TO OPEN WEST HOLLYWOOD'S PALEY.
LOS ANGELES TIMES
Wednesday Oct 28, 2015
By Jenn Harris
Paley., a new restaurant by the Plan Do See global hospitality group, is scheduled to open in Hollywood this winter.
Greg Bernhardt, who helped open Church and State in Los Angeles' downtown Arts District, worked at Mrs. Fish and opened WineBar @ CoffeeBar with Sergio Perera (both also located downtown), will helm the kitchen at Paley.
Details on the menu are slim, but a representative for the restaurant said the food will be California cuisine. We know that's vague — yes, we're all in California, he's opening a restaurant, this is a food blog, after all — but as soon as we get more details, we'll fill you in.
The restaurant is in the Nestor Film Co. building on Sunset Boulevard, which happens to be Hollywood's first movie studio. The location was then home to CBS, hence the restaurant is named after CBS C.E.O William S. Paley and his wife Babe.
The 245-seat restaurant is opening in partnership with NeueHouse, a cultural center, and will be located across from the NeueHouse courtyard. From the restaurant's patio, guests will be able to view the center's sculpture plaza, which features six Dustin Yellin "psychogeographies" (glass and stainless steel encased collages) that are on display. Because art always enriches your dining experience, doesn't it?
The Plan Do See group behind Paley. also is responsible for 20 restaurants around the world, including the Michelin-starred Sushi Azabu in New York City and Sushi Kanbe in Kobe, Japan.
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HOLLYWOOD GETS HOTTER WITH ANNOUNCED ARRIVAL OF PALEY. TO SUNSET AND GOWER
Wednesday Oct 28, 2015
By Farley Elliot
The 245-seater has local ties and an international pedigree.
The restaurant resurgence in Hollywood is still picking up steam, as news comes today that a massive 200+ seat restaurant is making its way to the Sunset/Gower intersection. Called Paley. (period and all), the seasonal California restaurant will be a partnership with NeueHouse, a private co-working space headed for the same area by way of New York City.
Already that area is teeming with life both big and little, from the recent Sugarfish opening to the oddball ILXB Dimsum Eats further east. But with loads of new development happening in the area, in addition to the already opened Emerson campus, it seems there’s still plenty of room for everyone.
So what’s there to expect at the oddly-punctuated Paley.? Loads of seating, for one. Right now the number clocks in at 245 seats, with options for light-filled dining room and patio seating within the larger NeueHouse courtyard. The chef will be Greg Bernhardt, who opened Church & State in the Arts District back in 2008 before shuffling off to other projects later on, including working on several LudoBites pop-ups.
The restaurant team behind the incoming restaurant is one Plan Do See, which has some two dozen properties globally, but no West Coast outlets of yet. The group is Tokyo-based and has earned Michelin stars in Kobe and New York City, though they offer restaurants everywhere from Miami to Jakarta.
Of course, there's still much more to come from Hollywood overall, with news that Curtis Stone is expected to drop an eatery (in conjunction with Chad Colby) into the western stretch of Sunset Boulevard sometime next year. And then there is, of course, Cat & Fiddle, which has been waiting to reopen for what seems like ages now. As for Paley., look for an early 2016 debut.
NEW HOLLYWOOD CONCEPT CELEBRATES ARTISTIC INNOVATIONS OF CBS
Monday, November 2, 2015
This winter, Paley, a new restaurant from Plan Do See group debuts in the heart of Hollywood, California, which has been undergoing a neighborhood renaissance. The restaurant is the first West Coast opening from the global hospitality group, and will open in partnership with NeueHouse, the new cultural center and co-working space that originated in New York City and has just opened its second location in Los Angeles.
Located in the iconic 1930s building and former home of CBS, Paley is named in celebration of the artistic and innovative era shaped by Columbia Broadcasting System (CBS) CEO and progressive visionary William S. Paley and his wife, Babe Paley. The menu, by chef Greg Bernhardt (Church & State) is a dynamic take on California cuisine.
Situated across the NeueHouse courtyard, the 245-seat restaurant features an expansive glass wall and outdoor patio offering guests a direct view into the sculpture plaza where six Dustin Yellin “psychogeographies” — glass and stainless-steel-encased collages that resemble human forms — are on display.
With Paley, Plan Do See brings its signature Japanese principal of Omotenashi — selfless service with a spirit of warmth and respect — to California, joining with NeueHouse to play a role in Hollywood’s renaissance and drawing creatives together, daily.
“We are excited to collaborate with NeueHouse on the vision for Paley,” says Hiro Nishida, president of Plan Do See America. “Plan Do See and NeueHouse are two companies renowned for bringing together talent, and Paley will be a reflection of our shared enthusiasm for the vibrant culinary, artistic, and cultural epicenter that Los Angeles is today.”
Paley is slated to open in early 2016.
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