We could barely contain our excitement! From restaurateur Matias Pagano and The KAO Group, the minds behind South America’s renowned Sushi Club concepts, Coral Gables’ KAO Sushi & Grill and Boca Raton’s J&J Fresh Kitchen, comes KAO Bar & Grill – a two-story container restaurant coming to Hallandale Beach. Slated to open this April, the new concept plans to offer a flavorful Argentine grill-inspired menu.
Now you may be wondering, what exactly is a container restaurant? Adding a contemporary and vibrant spin to the neighborhood, the entire restaurant is made from old shipping containers, which have been repurposed and hand-painted with murals by artist Falopapas.
Accented with natural wood, plush lounge seating and soft ambient lighting, the 5,000 square-foot structure will feature an alfresco patio anchored by a 14-seat bar, offering a wide selection of beers, wines and craft cocktails. A rotating roster of live entertainment will take over the KAO Bar & Grill for guests to take in the sights and sounds of while enjoying their favorite libation.
Floor-to-ceiling windows will also surround the walls of the main dining room, creating an inviting atmosphere for people to feel connected to the outdoors.
“There’s nothing more satisfying than seeing people enjoy the food and atmosphere you’ve created, and we’re excited to do that in a community with a strong Argentine population,” said co-founder Matias Pagano in a release. “We’ve worked hard to create a welcoming space that’s perfect for gathering with friends and family, enjoying great food, and making memories. We can’t wait for everyone to experience it for themselves!”
As for the food, the restaurant will fuse Argentine and American flavors and dishes. Think: flavor-packed empanada tablitas, or platters; Argentine-style prosciutto pizza; tango sliders; fired-up grilled meats with homemade chimichurri and so much more!
KAO Bar & Grill will open in April, located at 11 NE First Ave. in Hallandale Beach. It will be open Sunday through Wednesday from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Happy hour will run Monday through Friday from 4 to 7 p.m.