BY Michael Light / On June 3, 2022

David Grutman is getting ready to drop a hit with Puerto-Rican song meister, Bad Bunny in Brickell. They are teaming up to launch a new Japanese steakhouse in the restaurant space at 801 S Miami Avenue, under the condo development SLS Lux.

This is not the first time that Groot has teamed up with a superstar to launch a new concept. Over recent years, the award-winning nightlife and entertainment company has also teamed up with Pharrell Williams to bring the uber-popular Swan in the Miami Design District and Strawberry Moon at the Goodtime Hotel in Miami Beach. This appears to be the first restaurant venture for Bad Bunny, we are anticipating it will be as good as expected from a Groot brand, but with prices lower than one of Bad Bunny’s concert tickets. As we all remember, the tickets from his last tour were so in demand that they were being sold for between $500-$2,000 apiece.

So let’s talk about Gekkō!

The space that Gekkō is slated to occupy is the same space that once housed Katsuya Brickell, which did not survive the pandemic. It has 8,412 square feet of indoor space, a private dining room and a 3,000 square foot patio with the capacity for 185 diners. Given the reputation of Groot’s other concepts that include Papi Steak, LIV, Story, Komodo and The Key Club, we are prepared for plenty of celebrity sightings.

Rendering of Gekko Brickell from Groot Hospitality

Rendering of Gekko Brickell from Groot Hospitality

The menu plans to offer elaborately presented steaks and is focused around prime cuts of Wagyu with different preparations and some hints of Korean barbecue flavors. There will be a component of table-side preparations, as well as a full sushi menu and an omakse bar. For those who are not familiar, the omakse bar is where diners simply pay for the seat and the experience. There is no menu, the guests are left to the creativity of the chef.

The interiors have been entrusted with The Rockwell Group to create a luxurious yet contemporary aesthetic that includes graphic wall coverings, jewel tones and natural wood accents. Get your cameras ready, because this is going to be one Instagram hotspot!

Gekkō is slated to open this summer, hopefully in July. We are looking forward to it!


Learn more about The Light Group

Learn More


Get access to our exclusive weekly "Insider" newsletter on everything Miami!

5,000+ Subscribers follow the Miami Luxury Homes Blog and are the first to learn about new listings, open houses, exclusive properties, market reports and more!

The Miami Luxury Homes A-List

Join 5,000+ current subscribers and sign up to receive our weekly newsletter!

We will NEVER share your information

Explore Miami & Miami Beach Communities