Kojo to open up in downtown Sarasota

New Asian restaurant Kojo, featuring the same ownership as Speaks Clam Bar in Lakewood Ranch and on St. Armands Circle, will take over the downtown Sarasota space previously occupied by Lemon Tree Kitchen on Palm Avenue.

A new Asian restaurant, featuring the same ownership as a popular Sarasota-Manatee dining spot, will consider over a prime location in downtown Sarasota.

Kojo has moved into the 1289 N. Palm Ave. space that formerly housed Lemon Tree Kitchen on Palm Avenue Parking Garage’s ground floor, with hopes to open up by late February, stated co-proprietor Natalia Levey. She is also an operator of Speaks Clam Bar, a New York-design Italian clam bar with Lakewood Ranch and St. Armands Circle locations.

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Levey said Kojo was encouraged by time she put in in Asia as very well as traveling with her partner, and will include cuisines from across the continent in its menu.

Kojo's interior will include a decorative moss wall sporting its name.

“The menu was encouraged by the flavors and the ingredients and the uniqueness of Asia,” Levey stated. “It strives to be acquainted and fulfilling, but there will be some certainly unique and sudden flavors and dishes as well.”

Kojo strategies to feature entrees these kinds of as bacon and shrimp kimchi fried rice and carbonara with guanciale, poached onsen egg and crispy nori, along with regular sushi and nori tacos with fillings such as torched salmon teriyaki.