Rapper Bad Bunny Is Opening His First Restaurant This Summer and You’ll Want to Stop By
In a few weeks, fans of rapper, actor, and amateur wrestler Bad Bunny can officially add restaurateur to his growing list of titles and accomplishments. The “Moscow Mule” rapper has partnered with Miami nightlife mogul David Grutman to open Gekkō, a high-end Japanese steakhouse with the same dramatic, creative flair the Puerto Rican megastar brings to everything he does.
Coming to the posh Brickell neighborhood in downtown Miami, Gekkō’s menu will showcase various prime cuts and several dishes built around Wagyu beef infused with hints of Korean barbecue flavors. According to Miami Eater, visitors can expect a dining experience that includes plenty of tableside theatrics, like open-flame cooking as food is being delivered by servers. The restaurant — which seats 185 patrons — will also feature a full sushi menu and a six-seat omakase bar. It will be located on the first floor of the SLS Lux Brickell Tower on South Miami Avenue.
Gekkō will be Grutman’s second Brickell property offering Asian cuisine. It joins the first restaurant under his Groot Hospitality imprint, Komodo — a three-story, indoor-outdoor space offering Southeast Asian dishes reimagined for global appeal — which opened in 2015. Bad Bunny also becomes Grutman’s second music partner: Groot partnered with Pharrell Williams to open Swan and Bar Bevy in 2018; and again in 2021 on Strawberry Moon.
In addition to entering the food and hospitality business, 2022 will also see Bad Bunny take on his first major film role alongside Brad Pitt in Bullet Train, which hits theaters on July 15. He’ll follow that up with his first turn as a lead actor when he steps into the Marvel Cinematic Universe as El Muerto, the first Latinx Marvel character to get a standalone, live-action film. El Muerto is set for a January 2024 release.
The music isn’t going anywhere though; after closing out 2021 as the most streamed artist on Spotify, Bad Bunny just wrapped a 25-city tour — after being delayed due to the pandemic — and is getting ready to hit the road for the second time in 2022, when his World’s Hottest Tour kicks off in Orlando on August 5th.