Pan-Asian Chain Tanuki to Open on Alton Road in May

Tanuki: From Russia to Miami Beach.
Tanuki: From Russia to Miami Beach.
Courtesy of Tanuki

Nearly a year after the announcement that it was coming to Miami, Russian restaurant chain Tanuki is set to open its first U.S. location at 1080 Alton Rd. in South Beach in mid-May.

The chain, owned by Bulldozer Group, a restaurant investment company with holdings in Dubai, Russia, Ukraine, and Kazakhstan, has nearly 60 locations in Moscow alone, serving sushi 24 hours a day, seven days a week at most locations.

The Miami version, however, will offer an experience unlike that at its overseas counterpart. The South Beach restaurant, which shares the name but has some different investors, won't feel like a massive chain. The 3,500-square-foot space was designed by Russian designer Andrey Zigankov of Studio Nograph, who is responsible for many of Moscow’s restaurants and hotels. Miami Beach-based firm Charles H. Benson & Associates, Architects has been hired to execute the project. Tanuki will feature 100 indoor and outdoor seats surrounded by Asian-inspired art. Focal points of the restaurant include a live ticker displaying pricing from the world's stock exchanges, as well as the restaurant's namesake, a tanuki. The creature, a Japanese raccoon dog, is believed to have shape-shifting powers and is a symbol of generosity and prosperity. 

Tanuki to open in May.
Tanuki to open in May.
Courtesy of Tanuki

Director of operations and partner Andrew Kaplan, best-known for his days as the owner of CheeseMe, says the restaurant, which offers a pet-friendly outdoor area and family-friendly atmosphere, will be a good fit for the neighborhood. “The brand has not only a great positive energy and instantly recognizable identity, but also an established ten-year reputation for serving pan-Asian cuisine made from the highest-quality, freshest ingredients at an approachable price point."

Kaplan, who says the plan is to expand Tanuki further, says South Beach was chosen as the first U.S. location for the city's lifestyle and people. "We wanted to expand to the U.S., and we thought that Miami Beach would be a great place to start because of everything it has to offer. It's got perfect weather most of the time, a healthy lifestyle, and the melting pot of different cultures from all over the world." 

Tanuki Miami Beach will serve more than 150 menu items, including sushi, sashimi, dim sum, noodles, and a take on Peking duck. The extensive list will feature vegan, gluten-free, and vegetarian options. A chef hasn't been announced yet, and dishes will be priced between $12 and $35. In addition, the bar program will feature a large sake list, fresh-pressed juices, and traditional Japanese tea service.

Tanuki will be open for lunch, dinner, and late-night from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. seven days a week. The restaurant will also offer take-out and delivery service. Valet parking and self-parking will be available. 


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