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The tiny burger chain that could has some intense expansion plans

Looks like Miami might beat New York in the race to to get it's own Umami Burger, although New York might win in terms of quantity.

Eater reported Monday that the California burger chain has announced a location for an Umami Burger in Miami's South Beach, expected to open spring 2013.

The Miami outpost, located at 1080 Alton Rd. in Miami Beach, will have the classic burger menu along with a South Beach-inspired option.

"Umami SOBE is expected to open before the recently announced Umami Sixth Avenue in New York," the press release said. The New York location was slated for March 2013, so we presume the opening will be delayed.

In better news for New York, a recent Craigslist post notes that Umami Burger is hoping to open an additional six New York locations by 2014, Grub Street reports. "Umami Restaurant Group expects that it will open at least two to three Umami Burger NYC locations in 2013 and two to three additional stores in 2014," the posting says. The chain is looking for a director of East Coast operations, so any lookers can head over to Craigslist for the full ad.

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Umami Burger receives $20M investment

The Umami Burger chain has received a $20 million investment from Fortress Investment Group, Umami Restaurant Group said Monday.

New York-based Fortress is a publicly traded global investment firm with about $51.5 billion in assets under management as of September 2012. The firm has been active in the restaurant segment over the past decade, primarily through real estate and sale-leaseback deals, as a lender and through equity investments.

Fortress officials described the Umami Burger deal as a direct loan. As a result of the investment, Fortress will receive a minority stake in Umami Burger and will collaborate on its expansion plan strategy, Umami officials said in a statement.

The deal will help bring the upscale fast-casual brand to Chicago Washington, D.C. Las Vegas Philadelphia and Miami.

Umami Burger is known for premium burgers created with ingredients high in the &ldquofifth taste,&rdquo or what the Japanese call &ldquoumami.&rdquo Chief executive Adam Fleischman founded the concept in 2009 in Los Angeles, and it has since grown to 15 locations throughout California.

This year, the chain plans to open 13 new units, including its first restaurants in New York and Miami.

In 2011, Los Angeles-based hospitality group SBE Entertainment Group acquired a significant equity stake in Umami Restaurant Group, though Fleischman said at the time that he remained a majority partner.

With the Fortress deal, Fleischman said his ownership remains &ldquoaround 50 percent.&rdquo

Umami Restaurant Group is growing other brands as well. The company recently opened U-Mini, a streamlined test lab unit with a limited menu and an iPad ordering system, designed for nontraditional locations.

Umami Restaurant Group also operates Umamicatessen in Los Angeles, a collection of five food outlets including Umami Burger fast-casual pizza concept 800 Degrees and upscale restaurant Red Medicine in Beverly Hills, Calif.

Both an Umami Burger and an 800 Degrees location are scheduled to open in Los Angeles International Airport&rsquos Tom Bradley International Terminal in 2014, the company said.

Contact Lisa Jennings at [email protected] .
Follow her on Twitter: @livetodineout

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60 Things to Do in L.A. This Weekend [4-9-2021 to 4-11-2021]

We used to tell you about all the things you could go out and do in Los Angeles on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis. Then, COVID-19 changed life for all of us, in a thousand small and massive ways. Until the pandemic is behind us, we’ll post events that adhere to Public Health’s current protocols—including plenty of at-home and online events—every Monday and Thursday. We hope they keep you busy, make you laugh, teach you something, or help you feel less alone.

This weekend, we’ve got several new gallery openings, a one-night-only walk-through art experience, outdoor yoga, a new cocktail bar, a virtual comedy fest, online tours and lectures, and more. Have something you want to submit for next week? Hit us up: [email protected].

In-Person Events

Artist Ben Sakoguchi’s new show “Chinatown” at the Bel Ami gallery in Chinatown focuses on the violence and discrimination against Asian Americans for centuries in the U.S. Sakoguchi spent a few years as a child in a Japanese internment camp in Arizona during World War II. The works in his exhibit remind viewers that xenophobia isn’t something new and predates the recent shootings in Atlanta and the on-going attacks on Asian Americans during the pandemic.

LUMINEX: Dialogues of Light is a free outdoor digital art event happening for just one night, April 10, from 7:30-11:30 p.m. in downtown L.A. Curated by the NOW Art Foundation, the show includes work from seven L.A. artists, including Refik Anadol, Nancy Baker Cahill, Sarah Rara, The Art Department, Carole Kim, Luciana Abait, and Akiko Yamashita. The art is projected on L.A. buildings, and guests can engage with it by walking within a five-block radius. No tickets are required, but there is a QR code you can download to access a map and audio messages from the artists, so bring your headphones!

Jeffrey Deitch gallery in Hollywood is open for in-person viewing with advance reservations. Its exhibit “Shattered Glass” is a group exhibition of 40 artists of color who explore questions of power, surveillance, and justice. On view till May 22.

Galerie XII Los Angeles in Santa Monica presents the solo exhibit Mona Kuhn: Works April 10 through May 29. The show features a retrospective of the art photographer’s career. There will be a book signing on April 10 from 2-4 p.m.

The Corey Helford Gallery presents its 15-Year Anniversary Group Exhibition on April 10, featuring work from over 100 artists. The show remains on view through May 15. Check out a livestream of the opening on April 10 on Instagram Live two shows opening on April 10. Shawn Huckins: The Birds Will Sing takes its name from a Cajun murder ballad, while the paintings similarly depict “what appears at first glance to be simply breathtaking landscapes but which are overlaid with wistfully dark statements about contemporary love.” Sarah Williams: Southeast of Home features nightscapes that are “simultaneously inviting and eerily mysterious.”

Rele Gallery, Los Angeles presents Life After Life, a debut solo exhibition from contemporary Nigerian artist Ameh Egwuh. Per a release: “Drawing its title from psychiatrist Raymond Moody’s 1975 book Life After Life, the exhibition explores the idea of human mortality and the afterlife, presenting death as a liminal and transmutative process of movement between worlds, a performative threshold between disparate but closely connected ways of being.” On view through May 8.

Through April, Alo Yoga will host outdoor yoga sessions at The Grove every Wednesday at 9 a.m. Open to all experience levels. $10, bring your own mat.

The LA Choral Lab presents SOUNDWALK in Griffith Park. Guests wear headphones as they explore the park, and the choral music they hear will change based on their location. The SOUNDWALK’s grand opening event is on April 11, but the piece will remain available for the next few weeks. Tickets are -$25.

Market Tavern, located at the Original Farmers Market, is now offering a weekend brunch menu from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday. The new globally-inspired menu includes dishes like Spicy Fried Chicken and Waffles, Japanese Souffle Pancakes, Full English Breakfast, MT Loco Moco, and more. Chef Brendan Collins’ ongoing Sunday Roast special is also available starting at noon, which includes dishes like Roast Beef and Horseradish, Half Roast Chicken with Sage and Onion Stuffing, and Lamb Leg with all the trimmings.

Bar Bohémien has opened in Culver City on the rooftop of Citizen Public Market, offering cocktails, wine, and beer. Food is available at one of the many vendors downstairs.

Sunlight Tea Studio has two new locations in Little Tokyo and on Sawtelle Blvd., offering a variety of tea and coffee drinks, include boba, cheese tea, lattes, and more with lots of fun flavors and toppings.

The Billboard Creative’s L.A. Billboard Project returns with 30 billboards transformed into large-format art by emerging and established artists, including Ramiro Gomez, Phung Huynh, Narsiso Martinez, and Calida Rawles. The art will be on view through April 30, and you can find it with this interactive map.

The Aquarium of the Pacific’s exhibits and galleries have reopened, including the Sea Otter Habitat, Shark Lagoon, and Pacific Visions. Advance reservations are required.

Kohn Gallery presents a solo exhibition by New Haven-based artist Chiffon Thomas. Titled Antithesis, Thomas’s exhibition of figurative assemblages examine the hardships faced by defining one’s identity in modern society. Opening hours this weekend will be extended, Friday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Saturday 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

The award-winning Baldwin Hills restaurant Post & Beam has reopened for dine-in service with new Chef de Cuisine Martin Draluck, formerly of Hatchet Hall. Diners will see the return of favorite dishes such as vegan crab cakes, shrimp grits, jerk catfish, and beef short ribs, alongside new additions including an oyster menu.

South Coast Botanic Garden’s butterfly experience SOAR is now open to the public featuring a new pavilion with live tropical butterflies. Advance reservations are required and can be made online now.

Magic Asphalt, the standup comedy drive-in in the Magic Castle’s parking lot, returns this weekend. For the lineup and tickets, go here.

La Monarca Save the Monarchs Latte. Photo by Diana Dia Saldana.

In honor of Earth Day, La Monarca Bakery is partnering with ECOLIFE Conservation, a nonprofit that protects butterfly habitats in Michoacán, Mexico, and the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles’s Butterfly Pavilion to Save The Monarchs. For every in-person and online purchase of La Monarca’s packaged goods, including the bakery’s popular Café de Ollo and Mexican Wedding Cookies, 1% of all the sales will go to the ECOLIFE Conservation. The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles and La Monarca are also selling California Milkweed seeds to the public, the Milkweed plant feeds and attract monarch butterflies to a garden!

The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County has reopened with two new exhibitions Rise Up L.A.: A Century of Votes for Women and Spiky, Hairy, Shiny: Insects of L.A. In addition, sister museum,The La Brea Tar Pits and Museum will reopen on April 8. Advance reservations are required for both museums and can be made online now.

Employees Only turned its parking lot into Summer Social Club last year featuring a roster of weekly culinary pop-ups paired with refreshing cocktails. Every Monday through Sunday, find a different pop-up, such as hand-made pasta from Orso Pasta, Metztli Taqueria, LaSorted’s Pizzeria, The Bad Jew, and Filipino street food pop-up Tagalong Takeover.

Dugan’s Backyard Playhouse in Woodland Hills offers an outdoor performance of the play The Ghosts of Mary Lincoln. Show dates are Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. from April 2 through May 1. The suggested donation is $20. Reserve tickets by emailing [email protected]

Dine Out Long Beach is April 1-15, featuring deals for dine-in and takeout at 60 Long Beach restaurants. No tickets are needed, just visit any participating restaurant and ask for the Restaurant & Cocktail Week menu.

Wallis Annenberg PetSpace has reopened with free reservations for small, socially-distanced groups. Guests are welcomed back to enjoy an hour-long PetSpace Experience that includes a behind-the-scenes presentation of the workings of Annenberg PetSpace, activities for kids, a visit to the all-new Critter Corner, and a live Pet Encounter! Bookings are available now.

Cinespia is going the drive-in route this season with weekend movie screenings at the Greek Theatre. Raising Arizona screens this Saturday.

JAPAN HOUSE reopens its Level 2 Gallery to the public on Monday, April 5. Visitors can experience the NATURE/SUPERNATURE exhibition in person using a complimentary timed ticket entry system. Walk-ins are also accepted, but priority will be given to guests who have booked their visit ahead of time.

Bill Esparza’s taco festival Taqueando pivoted last year to a multi-week pop-up in DTLA featuring rotating guest chefs and their most popular tacos. For 2021, Taqueando continues with a four-week pop-up (March 10 – April 25) by Chef Priscilla Curiel of San Diego’s famed Tuétano Taquería, Ricky Piña of Ricky’s Fish Tacos, and tamales (to-go) from Tamales Elena y Antojitos. Wine, beer, and cocktails will also be on the menu. The Taqueando pop-up is open Wednesday through Sunday from 5-10 p.m. for takeout, delivery, and outdoor dining on the restaurant’s patio (first-come, first-served basis). Note that Ricky’s Fish Tacos will only be serving Thursday through Saturday.

On April 1, LACMA reopened its indoor galleries, including six brand new exhibits, for public viewing in accordance with Public Health guidelines. For now, there will be no in-person screenings or events, but the LACMA Store and the LACMA Café airstream will be open. Ray’s & Stark Bar and Coffee + Milk will also reopened on April 7. Advance reservations are required and can be made online now.

JW Marriott Los Angeles Live‘s poolside dinner & a movie is $45 per guest and includes one appetizer, one entree, unlimited popcorn, and the screening. This Friday, catch Thor Ragnarok. Other snacks, beer, wine, and cocktails are also available for purchase. Tickets and more info are here.

The Autry has reopened with a handful of new exhibits, including the museum-favorite Masters of the American West. Advance reservations are required and can be made online now.

ROW DTLA is giving back to frontline workers with a “Buy A Meal, Give A Meal” campaign from March 20-April 16. For every meal purchased on-site at one of ROW DTLA’s culinary concepts, one meal will be donated to essential workers at Keck Hospital of USC. Participating restaurants include Hayato, Rappahannock Oyster Bar, Go Get ‘Em Tiger, Pikunico and Café Dulce with meals donated from a different restaurant each week.

The Petersen Automotive Museum is now to the public featuring three new exhibits including Supercars: A Century of Spectacle and Speed. The exhibit highlights the evolution of the “supercar,” showcasing over 30 high-performance vehicles. Advance reservations are required and can be made online now.

The Andaz West Hollywood’s Late Night Drive-In series takes place on the third level of the hotel’s parking garage. On April 10, they’ll screen Cinema Paradiso.

HBO Max is hosting Genera+ion Un-Fashion Showcase, a pop-up installation with FIDM and costume designer Shirley Kurata to celebrate the first season of Genera+ion, a new dramedy series “following a diverse group of high school students whose exploration of modern sexuality (devices and all) tests deeply entrenched beliefs about life, love and the nature of family in their conservative community.” The event takes place April 2-21 at The LAB in Orange County and features “custom-made fashion looks inspired by each of the central characters on the show, created by up-and-coming student and alumni designers.”

The 36th annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival runs March 31 through April 10 this year, offering both free beachfront drive-in screenings and online screenings. Choose from 47 world premieres and 37 U.S. premieres. Select films include Invisible Valley, Trees of Peace, The Conservation Game, and more. Get your passes at

Desert X’s biannual public art show continues through May 16. Artists have been commissioned to use the desert landscape as their canvas with breathtaking results. You’ll find the works spread throughout the Coachella Valley in various outdoor locations. On April 9, Desert X will unveil a new work by New York-based artist Christopher Myers titled The Art of Taming Horses.

Knott’s Taste of Boysenberry Festival features over 80 boysenberry-inspired savory and sweet bites and themed beverages. The festival takes place at the theme park on select dates through May 2. Tickets are $45.

At-Home & Online Events

To bring greater awareness around Child Abuse Prevention Month, join Eat. Drink. Give. With Wolfgang Puck, a virtual interactive dinner party hosted by Iron Chef judge Billy Harris with meal kits prepared by Puck. The online charity event takes place on Saturday, April 17, but we’re telling you this week because tickets are on sale until April 8. It’s $50 to attend the party without food and drinks. To add the meal kit—which includes a four-course dinner for two, cocktails, and bottle of wine—it’s $500. All proceeds from this event will go directly towards Children’s Bureau’s prevention and treatment programs for at-risk children and their parents. Children’s Bureau hopes to raise funds to assist 300 families in need for an entire year.

USC Comedy Festival goes virtual this year (April 9-11) with free streamings of panels and Q& A’s featuring Bill Hader, Aidy Bryant, Patton Oswalt, and show creators and producers from What We Do In Shadows, Shrill, M.O.D.O.K, and more.

Artist Patrisse Cullors performed F*ck White Supremacy, Let’s Get Free to a live audience at Frieze Los Angeles back in February 2020. On April 11 from noon to 6 p.m., Cullors will once again perform this work to a virtual audience hosted by The Hammer Museum. This event includes DJ sets by collectives Everyday People in New York City and Cumbiatón in Los Angeles, and a conversation between Cullors and Hammer Museum associate curator Erin Christovale. Free.

Take a virtual tour of everything Friends with On Location Tours. Host Roseanne Almanzar leads a 40-minute tour of 18 locations from the series. A ticket includes access to On Location Tours’ monthly Friends trivia night, and you can also add on a Friends box that includes a Central Perk mug and other keepsakes. Tickets for the tour and trivia are $29. Tickets that include the gift box are $68.

The Whitefire Theatre presents Valentine, a virtual play written, directed, and performed by Tracy Ann Chapel, on April 9 at 7 p.m. The show revolves around Chapel’s burgeoning relationship with a celebrity crush with whom she connects online. Tickets are $15.99.

Linked Dance Theatre has partnered with the Alzheimer’s Charity, Hilarity for Charity founded in 2012 by Seth Rogen and Lauren Miller Rogen, on She Sends Herself / Elle S’Envoie. It’s an interactive virtual experience that uses multiples teams of performers across two continents to tell the story of Elle, a woman who is struggling with memory loss and how it affects her family. View-only tickets are $30, while interactive tickets, which include a box of curated materials to enhance the experience, are $200. Proceeds benefit Hilarity for Charity.

Pepperdine Theatre presents a virtual performance of Shakespeare’s As You Like It April 9-11. Tickets are free, but must be reserved here.

The Culinary Historians of Southern California present The Strangest Cooking methods in the World with historian-author Richard Foss on April 10 at 10:30 a.m. The virtual lecture will explore how people cooked when a fire or oven wasn’t available. Methods include volcanoes, auto engines, weapons, and more. Reserve a free ticket here.

On April 11 at 4 p.m., join the Art Deco Society for Art Deco Entertainment Venues of the Post-Prohibition Years: A Postcard Pictorial. The program explores five theater and entertainment complexes build in the 1930s, plus vintage postcards and other ephemera from each. The event includes three cocktail recipes plus a cocktail demo. Tickets are $14 for non-members or $10 for members.

Murder at Winterberg Manor is a new streaming comedic play written and directed by Meghan Pleticha. The play follows Jessica (Elizabeth Guest) as she hosts a virtual murder mystery party for her friends on Zoom. Tickets are $15 here.

Join Arena Cinematheque for a Q&A with Another Round director Thomas Vinterberg and star Mads Mikkelsen on April 9 at 6 p.m. The Q&A is moderated by Rian Johnson. Register here.

Mexican jazz artist Tino Contreras will perform a livestream concert from the Frida Kahlo Museum in Casa Azul, Mexico on April 10 and 11. The performance will remain available on-demand for 24 hours. Tickets are $17.

Join a free virtual Klezmer workshop on April 11 & 15, featuring trombonist Dan Blacksberg and violinist Deborah Strauss. Register for the free, two-part event here.

Charles Phoenix and The Catalina Island Museum will take guests on a virtual tour of Catalina Island’s landmarks in Catalinaland, available on April 10 at 6 p.m. According to a release, Phoenix will share “share the stories and glories of the S.S. Avalon, glass bottom boat, flying fish, bird park, Catalina Pottery, vintage graphics, souvenirs, Wrigley family, the mysterious Catalina-shaped swimming pool, iconic 1929 Casino, and much more.” Tickets are $25-$40, and will include access to the program for 48 hours.

Bake the Change is a virtual raffle to benefit Safe Place for Youth in Venice, taking place now through April 28. Enter a raffle, maybe win a pie, and join a virtual cooking class with Giada De Laurentiis. More info here.

Riot Games’ League Championship Series will stream live from the Greek Theatre April 10-11. The esports competition will also include a performance from the heavy metal band Pentakill.

The Japan Foundation presents the online exhibit 11 Stories on Distanced Relationships: Contemporary Art from Japan through May 5. It features 11 new works from Japanese artists on the theme “translating distance.”

Delejos is an immersive theater experience conducted over Zoom from writer/actor/comedian Julia Piñero. When her partner, Jose Zambrano, died unexpectedly in 2019, Piñero turned to Zambrano’s unfinished virtual reality game about long-distance love, Delejos. Though Delajos was originally about Zambrano’s forced immigration from Venezuela, it took on a new meaning for Piñero after his death. This two-hour performance is “a true story that weaves together standup comedy, live music, and a virtual reality experience.” Tickets are currently available through May 1. They’re free, but you’ll need to reserve them here.

Underneath the Freeways of Los Angeles is a virtual interactive murder-mystery experience by Matthew Paul Olmos and directed by Michael Alvarez. The show is set in 1960s L.A., where two bodies have been discovered in Hollenbeck Park in East L.A. The audience must ask the right questions to find the guilty party. Show dates are April 2-28. Tickets are $15-25 here.

Aloha Reuben from Wexler’s Deli.

Pickup & Delivery

Nikuman-ya, located at the Tokyo Central & Main Food Court in Gardena, is where you can get handmade dim sum and steamed buns. Recently, they’ve added a Boager to the menu. It’s a massive double cheeseburger sandwiched between white fluffy bao buns. Available for takeout. Delivery can be requested through Grubhub, Postmates, and Doordash.

King’s Hawaiian and Wexler’s Deli have partnered on the “Aloha Reuben,” a hearty sandwich with corned beef, sauerkraut, Swiss cheese, Russian dressing, and pineapple on King’s Hawaiian Sliced Bread. It’s a perfect combination of sweet and savory, available now through April 30 at both Wexler’s locations or through Goldbelly.

Umami Burger is teaming up with twin sister DJ duo NERVO for a limited-time-only burger to celebrate their new single “Pickle,” featuring Paris Hilton and Tinie Tempah. The NERVO Pickle Burger features the new Umami burger patty, provolone cheese, fried pickles, and jalapeño pickle ranch on a brioche bun. The burger comes in a branded box with a QR code to stream the video for NERVO’s “Pickle.” Available through May 9 at all Umami Burger locations and delivery platforms Postmates, UberEats, and Doordash, and GrubHub.

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Sbe's Katsuya and Umami Burger to Expand into Mexico with 40+ Venues

NEW YORK , April 25, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- sbe, the leading lifestyle hospitality company that develops, manages and operates award-winning global brands, is thrilled to announce two of its renowned restaurant brands – Katsuya and Umami Burger – are expanding into Mexico for the first time with over 40 venues in the pipeline, in partnership with Gin Dinar.

Sam Nazarian , Founder and CEO of sbe, said: " Mexico is a key market for us and we're proud to work with our incredible partners at Gin Dinar to introduce these lifestyle brands to the region for the first time ever. This is a major announcement for sbe and subsidiary Disruptive Group that emphasizes our growth globally across all arms of the business. After the success that the Umami Burger and Katsuya brands have seen in the US and with their first international ventures in Japan , The Bahamas and the Middle East , we are thrilled to continue the momentum."

"We are very excited about our licensing partnership with sbe. We believe that both brands will be a resounding success in Mexico as there is a market niche looking for refreshing and innovative options such as Katsuya and Umami. In the same way we are excited to have a relationship with a company such as sbe with which we feel closely linked in terms of its principles, mission and values. These brands are ideal for the portfolio of our company," said Raul Manuel Beyruti Sanchez, from Gin Dinar and president of GIN Group.

Disruptive Group, whose portfolio also includes internationally acclaimed restaurants The Bazaar by José Andrés, Fi'lia by Michael Schwartz , and Cleo by Chef Danny Elmaleh , confirmed that 4 Umami Burgers and 2 Katsuya outposts will open in Mexico City in 2018. This is a multi-agreement franchising deal with restaurants located in new standalone units, as opposed to inside of existing sbe hotels and residences.

These openings are the first of 60+ Umami Burgers and Katsuya restaurants set to open in the coming years, as Disruptive Group looks to secure franchise agreements with qualified multi-unit operators in major metropolitan areas around the world that leverage sbe's current growing footprint while expanding into desirable locations.

As well as expansion into Mexico , Umami Burger, with 22 locations currently, is experiencing an unprecedented level of growth across the globe with restaurants planned in the UAE and Qatar , as well as 10+ further sites in Japan . sbe is also in talks to bring Umami Burger to other markets around the world, with conversations progressing well with franchise partners in South Korea , Brazil , Portugal , Malaysia , and Turkey . This news comes on the heels of another major announcement for the premium burger brand, who just released three exclusive menu items in partnership with Impossible Foods, the makers of the innovative plant-based Impossible Burger. For a limited time, all US-based Umami Burgers will offer the new Impossible Classic along with two first-ever vegan options, Impossible VBQ and Impossible Trufflemaker, making Umami Impossible Foods' largest retail partner.

sbe's Katsuya by Master Chef Katsuya Uechi , brings a fresh, modern take to Japanese classics mixed with sleek and sultry interiors. With 13 locations worldwide designed by icon Philippe Starck , including Los Angeles , Las Vegas , South Beach, Baha Mar, Dubai , Manama , and Kuwait City , Katsuya's trademark award-winning cuisine and bold design has created an international empire. sbe has seen success with 6 Katsuyas throughout the Middle East with partner M.H. Alshaya, with an additional 5 more in the pipeline for the region. The fourteenth Katsuya outpost is set to open at the highly-anticipated SLS LUX Brickell in Miami in Summer 2018, with interiors by design duo Yabu Pushelberg.

About sbe
Established in 2002 by Founder and CEO Sam Nazarian , sbe is a privately-held, leading lifestyle hospitality company that develops, manages and operates award-winning hotels, residences, restaurants and nightclubs. Through exclusive partnerships with cultural visionaries, sbe is devoted to creating extraordinary experiences throughout its proprietary brands with a commitment to authenticity, sophistication, mastery and innovation. Following the acquisition of Morgans Hotel Group, the pioneer of boutique lifestyle hotels, in partnership with The Yucaipa Companies and Cain International (formerly Cain Hoy ), sbe has an unparalleled global portfolio which will see 28 hotels and over 130 global world-renowned culinary, nightlife and entertainment venues by the end of 2018. The company is uniquely positioned to offer a complete lifestyle experience - from nightlife, food & beverage and entertainment to hotels and residences, and through its innovative customer loyalty and rewards program, The Code, as well as its award-winning international real estate development subsidiary, Dakota Development - all of which solidify sbe as the preeminent leader across hospitality. The company's established and upcoming hotel brands include SLS Hotel & Residences, Delano , Mondrian, The Redbury, Hyde Hotel & Residences, and Originals. In addition, sbe has the following internationally acclaimed restaurants and lounges under subsidiary Disruptive Restaurant Group: Katsuya by Chef Katsuya Uechi , Cleo by Chef Danny Elmaleh , The Bazaar by José Andrés, Fi'lia by Michael Schwartz , Leynia by Chef José Icardi, Umami Burger, Hyde Lounge, Skybar, Bond, and Privilege. To learn more, watch sbe's #thisisbeyond video and visit

About Disruptive Group
Disruptive Restaurant Group is the leading restaurant company devoted to the development of visionary concepts and award-winning culinary experiences. A subsidiary of leading lifestyle hospitality company, sbe, Disruptive Restaurant Group incubates and operates globally renowned culinary brands. The company's critically-acclaimed restaurants include Katsuya, Cleo, The Bazaar by José Andrés, Hyde Kitchen + Cocktails, and Umami. For more details, please visit

About Gin Dinar
Gin Dinar is a company in Mexico focused on hospitality and development business that currently has 70+ company-owned restaurants through GIN Group.

Media Contact:
Jenna Heinz
Director of Communications
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Disruptive Restaurant Group plans 60 new venues in 4 years

With a new CEO, Disruptive Restaurant Group is poised to embark on a rapid growth trajectory that will nearly double the size of the Umami Burger chain and seed upscale brands like Katsuya and Cleo around the world over the next four years.

The Los Angeles-based multiconcept group, which operates or licenses 74 restaurants and 42 lounges, last week named Daniel del Olmo CEO. Earlier this year, Disruptive was created as a subsidiary of the hospitality company SBE, parent to the SLS, Morgan and The Redbury hotel brands.

The goal is to build Disruptive’s diverse portfolio of restaurant brands within SBE properties — the hospitality company plans to open six hotels in the next six months — as well as open restaurants with other hotel partners and as standalone locations. Across the board, Disruptive plans to add 60 new venues, including both restaurants and nightclubs, by 2021.

A redesigned Umami Burger in Los Angeles. (Photo: Umami Burger)

If all goes as planned, Disruptive’s portfolio has been estimated as having the potential to top $1 billion, but that depends on the consummation of a proposed merger with London-based Hakkasan Group, another multiconcept operator of glitzy restaurants and nightclubs around the world.

Sam Nazarian, SBE’s founder and CEO, said the deal “is in the hands of investors” in Abu Dhabi.

“We’re still very eager to get the deal done,” he said. “It’s a large and complicated deal.”

Del Olmo, meanwhile, has plenty of growth to contend with.

Originally from Belgium and fluent in multiple languages, del Olmo served most recently as president of the international division for Glendale, Calif.-based DineEquity Inc., parent to the Applebee’s and IHOP brands. His prior experience includes work with the Wyndham Hotel Group and other hotel and travel brands around the world.

Del Olmo said he has been tasked with thinking both domestically and globally for Disruptive’s stable of brands.

By 2021, Disruptive plans to add another 25 Umami Burger restaurants in the U.S. and internationally, almost doubling the size of the 26-unit chain.

Del Olmo said the group is looking at licensing and franchising Umami Burger. Some of those units may be fast-casual variations on the brand, which is mostly full-service, although limited-service locations exist at Los Angeles International Airport and in Brookfield Place in New York City.

Umami Burger this year opened its first international location in Japan, where partner Medeiros Holdings Co. Ltd. is planning another 10 units. Del Olmo also sees opportunities in the Middle East, Latin America and the Caribbean, where SBE is growing its hotels.

“Our intent is to continue to establish strong business partnerships with capable and well-capitalized partners that will help us grow in areas with the greatest potential,” del Olmo said. “Today the logical expansion of Umami comes with where SBE has already been growing.”

Also in the works is the addition of 16 Katsuya locations, an upscale Asian brand with a menu created by renowned sushi chef Katsuya Uechi. The chain includes 10 Katsuya locations, including domestic units, one in SBE’s Baha Mar Hotel in the Bahamas, and in the Middle East with partner M.H. Alshaya Co.

Alshaya opened the first Katsuya in the Middle East at the Jumeirah Al Naseem Hotel in Dubai earlier this year. Units are also planned in Qatar and Bahrain.

Del Olmo said the company’s Cleo brand also has potential in the Middle East. Disruptive plans to add another 11 Cleo restaurants, which offer a high-end Mediterranean menu created by chef Danny Elmaleh.

Cleo has two units in Los Angeles, with a third scheduled to open in Santa Monica, Calif., this fall, and a fourth planned in New York later this year.

Other concepts are up and coming, del Olmo said. Last year, Disruptive opened the Italian concept Fi’lia Miami in partnership with chef Michael Schwartz at the SLS Brickell hotel.

This year, the Argentinian Grill Leynia debuted at the Delano Hotel in Miami with a menu by Jose Icardi, who was executive chef at the group’s hotel in South Beach. The concept was initially launched as a pop-up, but it has been a hit, and a second location of Leynia is in the works, Nazarian said.

And Disruptive operates the casual K Ramen. Burger. Beer concept in the Los Angeles area and Miami.

Perhaps most notably, SBE was an “early adopter” in 2004 of chef and restaurateur José Andrés, with a partnership that has grown to include four locations of The Bazaar by José Andrés in SBE hotels, along with various sister brands. Andrés is a powerful restaurateur in his own right with his Washington, D.C.-based ThinkFoodGroup, which operates about 28 concepts worldwide.

More brands are being incubated, Nazarian said.

“We’ve always known that the ultimate goal for us was to be a multi-platform hospitality company, and that food and beverage would be a big part of it,” he said. “We’re always looking for the next collaboration, the next evolution, whether it’s home grown, like chef Danny was as one of our sous chefs, and with partnerships like with Michael Schwartz.”

Fundamentally, the restaurant group benefits from the infrastructure of the SBE hospitality network as it moves into new markets.

And now the restaurant group has the leadership it needed, Nazarian said.

“What Daniel is going to bring to this group is really sell every aspect of entertainment and food and beverage, in every vertical and in every category,” he said. “There aren’t too many companies of scale that are where we are, now that we’re all under one platform. We’re also putting our money where our mouth is by putting all of our concepts into our hotels and constantly inventing new brands.”

Oasthouse and Boiler Nine’s Umami Burgers, and More A.M. Intel

— Lines for Oasthouse Kitchen + Bar’s umami burger (where the patty was blended with oyster mushrooms) were really long during Austin Food & Wine Festival, so the northwest restaurant decided to offer the dish on its menu for a limited time. Boiler Nine Bar + Grill is offering its own take, too, with a lamb and cremini chorizo burger. It’s part of the James Beard Foundation’s Blended Burger Project, available now through the end of July.

— The barbecue bill, which nixes scale inspections and visibility requirements, was passed by Governor Greg Abbott yesterday. Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller must not be happy.

— Uncle Billy’s Brewery is teaming up with returning Celis Brewery to up its beer production in the north Austin facility. Celis doesn’t have an opening date just yet.

— Austin's giant surf park, which reopened for the season in May, is still planning on opening that brewery, NLand Brewing Co., in the fall.

— Comfort food trailer Hot Mess is expanding with a second food truck, Hot Mess Italian, as part of Infinite Monkey Theorem’s grounds.

— Thai mini-chain Madam Mam's is now open in its new location on the Drag.

Money Inc. is excited about Fareground, Austin's first proper food fall.


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Distinct from burgers crafted by chefs and intended as menu staples, there have been numerous instances of hamburgers costing hundreds of dollars with all manner of luxury ingredients piled atop. They merit no further discussion.

The Restaurant Burger

This isn't a type of burger as much as a perceived obligation on the part of restaurateurs. Costing anywhere from $12 to $21, these burgers tend to be large, eight to 10 ounce affairs served with French fries, lettuce, and tomato. They are usually distinct from generic diner burger in that they will often feature exotic cheeses and fancy buns, with brioche being the most common. They can often be excellent but are rarely the principle focus of the restaurant.

An Italian Style Burger from La Follia.

Alternatively, such burgers can reflect the cuisine of the restaurant, usually to the detriment of the finished product. An Italian restaurant might top a hamburger with gorgonzola and serve it on a focaccia bread, or a Greek establishment might serve a version with feta cheese and olives. The 5 Napkin Burger, essentially an homage to French onion soup sold at Hells Kitchen's Nice Matin, proved so popular that it fostered the 5 Napkin Burger chain, which has grown to three locations in the city, as well as outposts in Miami and Boston.

The Burger Restaurant

Building on the tradition of the hamburger diner, there are a number of restaurants that specialize in burgers, while also offering a broader menu. There is no uniform method of preparation or single style represented here, but the diversity they offer is reflective of NYC's appetite for the hamburger. The burgers at these types of places tend to be in the same price range as restaurant hamburgers, but they are usually better executed by virtue of specialization. Locally based Five Napkin Burger, Burger & Barrel, Island Burger, and Bill's Bar and Burger are good examples of the type, as are West Coast imports The Counter and Umami Burger.

Pastrami Burger

For a city that boasts the world's best pastrami, NYC does not have a significant culture of topping burgers with the smoked meat. The practice has actually gained the most traction in Southern California, most famously at the Hat in Alhambra, which has been serving pastrami burgers since the 1950s. The idea spread throughout Los Angeles, with many burger stands offering the pairing. Pastrami burgers have been popular in Salt Lake City, Utah since the late 1970s, inspired by the California model. You can find pastrami topped burgers at some old school delis like Sarge's and Pastrami Queen, although the latter is just a hamburger patty stuffed into a pastrami sandwich.

Roast Beef Burger

Along the same lines as the pastrami burger, Brennan & Carr in Brooklyn sells a hamburger topped with roast beef, gravy, Cheese Whiz, and onions — a twist on the roast beef sandwich that made the Sheepshead Bay restaurant famous.

"Wagyu" or "Kobe" Burgers

True Japanese Wagyu on the bottom, American Kobe style beef at top.

It is extremely unlikely that any of the "Kobe" or "Wagyu" burgers that appear on restaurant menus are actually made from pure Japanese beef Let's dispel some myths here: It is extremely unlikely that any of the "Kobe" or "Wagyu" burgers that appear on restaurant menus are actually made from pure Japanese beef. Wagyu refers to any one of several Japanese breeds of cattle. Kobe is a city and the capital of the Hyōgo Prefecture in Japan. When Wagyu cattle are reared in this area under certain conditions, they attain a pedigree and legal designation, in much the same way that Champagne does in France. The best of this beef is highly marbled, ethereally tender, and hideously expensive. It is also probably some of the worst beef for burgers because the low melting point of the fat would likely cause it to liquify during grinding. What is often referred to as "American Kobe" is actually a cross breeding of Wagyu cattle with a sturdier breed such as Black Angus or Long Horn. This is done because pure Japanese Wagyu would generally not survive America's harsher climates. Because of the evocation of luxury, many places will market burgers as "Kobe," although it is rarely, if ever, true Japanese Wagyu. Even if it is, the ridiculous expense aside, there is little point. The draw of such beef is the inherent marbling it exhibits, and when you grind beef for hamburgers, you can precisely adjust the fat ratios.

American Kobe Burger from The Old Homestead.

The Old Homestead Steakhouse, which incidentally sells true Japanese Wagyu beef steaks, uses Snake River Farms "American style Kobe Wagyu" for the $43, 20 oz "Kobe" hamburger on its menu. It is actually not so exorbitantly priced considering the heft of the patty, which is twice as large as most hamburgers. But if it was real Kobe, it would likely cost closer to $430 than $43.

Smoked / Barbecue Burgers

The process of smoking meat "low and slow" to tenderize tough cuts is the essence of barbecue and the opposite of the best way to cook hamburgers and steaks, which are better served by high and fast cooking methods. Barbecuing and hamburger cooking are as far apart as the Flintstones and The Jetsons. There have been some excellent hamburgers sold at some of Manhattan's barbecue restaurants, but they are either grilled or griddled rather than smoked. Blue Smoke in particular sells a hamburger that has been often ranked amongst the best in the city. This is perhaps not surprising because it is part of the same restaurant group as Shake Shack.

Lucky's Famous Hamburgers, which opened on Avenue A in 2005, used to cold smoke burger patties before searing them on the griddle. The process was abandoned when the original owner sold the business around 2008.

Chili Burger

A Chili Burger from Corner Bistro.

Topping burgers with chili most probably originated at Tommy's in Los Angeles. The restaurant serves a finely minced chili atop a prototypical California style burger. You can find chili burgers on plenty of menus around town, such as Burger Heaven, Corner Bistro, all of the "metal dome" burger restaurants, and most diners. Perhaps the closest to Tommy's is the chili burger at Crif Dogs in the East Village.

Green Chile Cheeseburger

A green chile cheeseburger.

The green chile burger originated in New Mexico. It's defined by the use of the indigenous Hatch green chiles, which produce a slow, grinding heat. The Bobcat Bite, which dates back to 1947, is one of the more famous places that serves the style. Various restaurants in NYC offer homages to the style, such as Schnipper's Quality Kitchen, Clarke's Standard, and P.J Clarke's. But only Shopsin's uses genuine Hatch chiles — the others use poblano or jalapeño peppers to mimic the heat. Purists will confirm that there is no substitute for the real thing.

Juicy Lucy / Stuffed Burgers

The Juicy Lucy is a specialty of Minneapolis, MN and consists of two burger patties stuffed with cheese and seared on the griddle. It originated at Matt's Bar in 1954 and proliferates in the region. Whitmans sells a variant of the Juicy Lucy, which is made by stuffing a patty with pimento cheese (see below) rather than the standard American. Less referential stuffed burgers can be found at various locations such as The 13th Step and Stumble Inn, which offers a kitchen sink's worth of possible stuffing choices.

Pimento Cheeseburger

Pimento cheese is a mixture of cheese, mayonnaise, and pimentos. Popular in the South as a sandwich filling, it is also used to top burgers.

Goober Burgers

Topped with a healthy dollop of peanut butter and mayonnaise, Goober burgers originated at the now shuttered Wheel Inn Drive In in Sedalia, MO. No one is doing a completely faithful version in NYC these days, but Whitmans, apparently the repository for regional variations, offers a hamburger topped with bacon and peanut butter.

The New NY Style?

When Danny Meyer opened Shake Shack in 2004 as a seasonal, boutique burger stand, he combined disparate elements of Americana. From the Midwest, specifically Carl's Drive In in St. Louis, MO, he adopted the smashing technique popular throughout the region. The toppings — leaf lettuce, plum tomatoes, and a mayonnaise based special sauce — seem inspired by the California style. And the bun is sourced from Martin's, a Pennsylvania Dutch bakery. But it's the beef — originally ground by hand in the basement of Eleven Madison Park, Meyer's fine dining restaurant, and later by butcher Pat LaFrieda — that truly sets the burger apart. While the Shack burger might be an amalgam of different forms, it can be argued that it has emerged as a distinct NYC style. This type of burger — griddle cooked, high quality beef served on a potato bun with American cheese — can be found at numerous burger spots around town. HB Burger, Lucky's Famous, and Black Market all sell a form of this burger. Whether the style will become ubiquitous remains to be seen, but it is certainly gaining plenty of adherents.

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