KURO RESTAURANT:  SEMINOLE HARD ROCK HOTEL & CASINO’S NEW  JAPANESE DINING DESTINATION TO OPEN JANUARY 2015

When Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino opened its doors in the heart of South Florida in May 2004, it signaled the arrival of a one-of-a-kind gaming, dining and nightlife destination.  In the decade since, it has remained South Florida’s premier destination for fun and entertainment.  January 2015 will see the arrival of the resort’s newest culinary innovation – Kuro, a sophisticated, social and interactive Japanese restaurant located inside the hotel. Kuro will feature an open dining room, chef’s table (omakase bar), sushi bar with view into the hot kitchen (sauté, tempura, robata grill), and pastry section, in addition to two private dining rooms and an outside dining area. The farm-fresh Japanese menu will offer new-style, handcrafted creations led by Kuro’s Executive Chef Alex Becker, who is also the resort’s Creative Culinary Director. Kuro mixologists will also serve handcrafted signature cocktails at the restaurant’s bar and lounge.

“The opening of Kuro will signal a major step forward for the resort’s culinary offerings,” saysJustin Wyborn, Vice President of Food & Beverage for Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood. “Chef Alex is a visionary with amazing culinary technique. Kuro’s unique flavor profiles will have something for everyone. We’re very lucky to work with such an incredible talent who will elevate Kuro to the next level of new-style Japanese dining. ”

A combined seating of 240 for the entire restaurant is situated in a tiered open space design that offers many views to see-and-be-seen from anywhere in the room. The Kuro space will be full of light streaming in from the lounge skylight and floor-to-ceiling windows that overlook the resort’s  pool area (which is currently also undergoing its own renovation). Kuro’s aesthetic has been conceived by the David Mexico Design Group.  David Mexico is inarguably one of the country’s foremost designers – with credits ranging from Bobby Flay’s Bar Americain and Mesa Grill and Nobu Restaurants, to Alma de Cuba and the MGM Grand in Chengdu, China.

Kuro – Japanese for “black” – will be home to Becker’s New Style Japanese cuisine. Becker’s culinary background started at the Michelin-starred Ristorante Gardenia in Caluso, Italy. After studying the art of Japanese cuisine, he went on to work for the Nobu empire for nearly a decade. Most recently, Becker was the corporate executive chef for SBE’s Katsuya where he was responsible for opening locations worldwide. At Kuro, Becker will feature contemporary New Style creations applying classic Japanese techniques. Assisting Becker will be his Executive Sushi Chef Shuji Hiyakawa, formerly of the Morimoto restaurant group.

Using both locally-sourced produce and specialty products imported from Japan, the chefs will craft unique culinary creations that are grounded in tradition yet progressive in concept and execution. Complementing the culinary offerings will be a well-appointed wine, beer and sake list, as well as an impressive array of Japanese whiskeys. A selection of handcrafted signature cocktails will use fresh ingredients in contemporary recipes with hints of Japanese flavors. Further information on all aspects of Kuro will be announced soon.

Scheduled to open January 2015, Kuro will be located at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, One Seminole Way in Hollywood, Florida.  Telephone: (954) 327-7625.

Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino invites you to play, stay, dine, and shop at South Florida’s premier destination for fun and entertainment, Where Rock Royalty Lives. Over 90 tables offer Blackjack, Mini-Baccarat, Pai Gow Poker, Three Card Poker, Texas Hold’em Bonus Poker, Casino War and Let it Ride on a nearly three-acre casino floor. Additionally, over 2,200 slots include the Native-American Casino linked Multi-Area Progressive Jackpots and Mega Jackpots. Separate high-limit rooms for table games and slots, in addition to a non-smoking room, are available for guests to enjoy. Loyal Player’s Club members also have access to the exclusive VIP Plum Lounge and VIP Chef’s Table show kitchen. The Poker Room at Seminole Hard Rock hosts various games and tournaments of Limit and No Limit Texas Hold ‘em, 7-Card Stud and two dollar and four dollar limit Omaha Hi Lo games. Located inside the casino is Hard Rock Cafe-Hollywood, part of Hard Rock’s 144 globally recognized rock ‘n’ roll restaurants. The Green Lodging Certified by the State of Florida, AAA Four Diamond-rated resort showcases 500 luxurious guest rooms, 40,000 square feet of meeting room space, Rock Spa, award-winning restaurants, high-energy nightclubs, lounges and bars, boutique retail shops, the 350-seat Paradise Live theater and the 5,500–seat Hard Rock Live concert arena. Located on State Road 7 (U.S. 441) in Hollywood, Florida. Take I-95, exit Stirling Rd. and travel west to 1 Seminole Way.

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