Promising a “fresh and innovative take” on traditional Japanese sushi and cuisine – and an ocean view – O-Ku is set to open in Jacksonville Beach early in the New Year.
The restaurant, the seventh for O-Ku, will open next to Lynch’s Irish Pub, at 502 First St. N. The modern, two-story building designed by Cronk Dutch Architecture includes a rooftop bar and dining area with a view of the Jacksonville Beach Pier and Atlantic Ocean. It’s part of the larger, multi-structure, mixed-use project known as The Gallery, which includes the former J. Johnson Gallery, from the Trevato Development Group.
It represents the first restaurant in Florida from Charleston, S.C.-based Indigo Road Hospitality Group, which operates O-Ku locations in Charleston, Atlanta, Charlotte, Nashville and Washington, D.C., as well as seven Oak Steakhouse restaurants in many of the same markets.
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"Once we visited Jax Beach, it immediately felt like home for O-Ku," said IRHG founder Steve Palmer in a news release announcing the restaurant. "We are always looking for vibrant coastal communities to plant roots in, and what could be better than fresh sushi among a beautiful beach view?”
On the menu, expect sashimi and specialty rolls, with seafood sourced from Tokyo and Hawaii, as well as local fisheries. In addition to a variety of locally inspired chef’s specials, O-Ku offers Chicken Teriyaki, Coconut Curry, Braised Beef Short Rib, lobster, Wagyu beef and more.
The 4,400-square-foot restaurant with seating for 165 plans to initially open for dinner and cocktails. Lunch is expected to be added in early spring.
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This article originally appeared on Florida Times-Union: Jacksonville Beach: O-Ku restaurant, rooftop bar coming to First St.