Tanuki, the international Pan-Asian concept with more than 60 locations around the world will open at the corner of Alton Road and 11th street this May, bringing the Tanuki experience to South Beach – and the U.S. – for the first time.  Tanuki is brought to the U.S. by the world-renowned dining and entertainment company, Bulldozer Group, known for its high-end brand management and investments.  It will bring a much needed unique spirit to the renovated neighborhood that currently houses a Whole Foods, where locals go for the freshest organic groceries and the quaint Flamingo Park, where families gather for quality time under the South Florida sun. Tanuki’s inaugural space was designed by the highly acclaimed Russian hospitality designer, Andrey Zigankov from Studio Nograph, who is responsible for many of Moscow’s most famous restaurants and hotels and interpreted locally by Charles Benson Architecture. The concept was inspired by the mythical, lovable Japanese creature with the same name. The Vibrant, yet relaxed vibe and extensive Pan-Asian menu will further revitalize the West Side of Miami Beach as a go-to dining destination among locals and visitors alike.

Featuring 100 indoor and outdoor seats within a 3,500-square-foot space, Tanuki is surrounded by lush greenery and, in true Tanuki fashion, welcomes guests with a towering statue of the mythical creature in the center of the dining room, which will create a unique atmosphere for any kind of event. Upon entering, guests will be surrounded by Asian-inspired art and digital imagery reminiscent of Tokyo’s bustling Shibuya Crossing District displaying live ticker from the world’s stock exchanges for those conducting business meetings.  All of this is combined with a traditional Japanese style and a hint of industrialism with its reclaimed barn-wood walls, steel beams and exposed lofty original 1940’s Miami-Dade Pine ceiling. The outdoor terrace will serve as the perfect setting for locals looking for a pet-friendly dining experience.

“Tanuki is an essential addition to South Beach’s roster of restaurants, for locals to come on a weekly basis because of our expansive menu, reasonable prices and excellent service” says Andrew Kaplan, Partner and Director of Operations. “The brand has not only a great positive energy and instantly recognizable identity, but also an established 10-year reputation for serving Pan-Asian cuisine made from the highest quality, freshest ingredients at an approachable price point. South Beach, and this location on the newly renovated Alton Road in particular, is the ideal home for the first-ever Tanuki in the U.S.”

Based on centuries of rich Japanese  recipes and flavors, Tanuki cuisine is the perfect accompaniment for any occasion or group size.  The chef, whose name is not being released just yet, will surprise many in the industry as it will bring a classic yet creative execution to dishes that will satisfy everyone, from a group of girlfriends lunching after yoga  to friends and family enjoying a fun evening out, to a late night snacker swinging by after work.   The Tanuki menu features more than 150 items, including Sushi, Sashimi, creative Rolls and Dim Sum; Signature entrees will feature the Tanuki take on Peking duck, chicken, seafood, beef, veggies and noodles; snacks for sharing; soups and salads; and desserts. Tanuki will also offer healthy options for those looking to enjoy a vegan, gluten free, vegetarian, or a pre-fixe calorie controlled meal.  Menu items coming in generous portions will range from $12 – $35 per dish. The bar won’t skip a beat with its vibrant scene offering hand-crafted cocktails that range from $12-$15 in price, world class sake selection and wine list along with a traditional Japanese tea service and fresh-pressed juices.

Tanuki South Beach is located at 1080 Alton Road, one block north of Whole Foods. Tanuki will be open for lunch, dinner and late night seven days a week, from 11am to 2am. With the complete menu available for delivery and take-out nightly until 2am, everyone is invited to bring the Tanuki experience home. Valet parking will be available, as well as dedicated self-parking spaces for Tanuki customers in its rear parking lot.  For more information, visit www.Tanuki-Miami.com or follow on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TanukiMiami/?fref=ts or Twitter: @TanukiMiami and Instagram: @TanukiMiami

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