Nuri Steakhouse, an elevated Asian-inspired steakhouse created by restaurant veteran and Dallas resident Wan Kim, will open in Uptown at 2401 Cedar Springs Rd, Suite 120, Dallas, TX 75201 in late summer 2023.
The chic, modern restaurant opening for dinner, drinks and weekend brunch will feature Asian-inspired steakhouse fare with a menu crafted by Michelin Guide acknowledged Korean Chef Minji Kim using only the finest choice of prime cuts of meat, seafood and poultry partnered with uniquely crafted starters and accompaniments as well as an impressively robust wine and cocktail program.
Kim is taking the rare approach of creating the menu by allowing future guests to give feedback and contribute to the menu at their test kitchen that currently operates as a full-service restaurant (Nuri Grill in Dallas’ Koreatown).
Founder and creator of the concepts, Wan Kim says “We strategically secured a short-term lease for Nuri Grill in the heart of Koreatown where we were able to provide an upscale Korean dining experience not typically found in the metroplex. It was always our intent to operate this as a full-service restaurant to painstakingly test recipes for the steakhouse.”
Now that Kim has secured the Uptown location, he is ready to begin to settle in on menu development with his culinary team and diners alike.
Kim explains, “Before the steakhouse opens, Nuri Grill will then turn into a different concept, leaving the steakhouse to carry on the name, but as a grown-up version of the brand in Dallas proper. Nuri Steakhouse will be taking it to the next level in design, atmosphere, experiential dining and menu offerings.”
Wan Kim, originally from Korea and the CEO of Smoothie King, has had a lifelong passion for food which led him to create Nuri Grill and now, Nuri Steakhouse.
Kim says, “Our mission is to inspire people to embrace different cultures of the world. This steakhouse project has been a passion of mine for many years. I am thrilled to see it finally coming to life and look forward to bringing it to Dallas diners next summer.”
The new space will offer guests a feeling of warmth and elegance with luxurious materials and a muted color palette throughout. Designed by AvroKO’s San Francisco studio, the steakhouse design features an inviting main dining room and lounge area along with a large, curved bar with an impressive wine cellar encasing the space. Boasting 9500 square feet, indoor seating for 150 in the bar and dining and outdoor seating for 50 is planned. The private dining room is available for those wanting to experience the steakhouse in a more intimate setting.
AvroKO has designed notable restaurants including SingleThread Farms, a three Michelin-starred restaurant; Seneca, The Reading Club and China Live. The Nuri design provides a sophisticated and romantic feel using Deco-era language. There are curvaceous shapes and lines throughout the space and the materials are elevated yet muted in palette. Traditional Korean celadon ceramics are used to inspire both color and texture in various parts of the design. Light fixture details and artwork draw inspiration from the many textures of Asia.
Andrew Lieberman, AvroKO San Francisco-based Design Director says, “In an unexpected design move, cyberpunk culture is used to infuse an edginess to the space and a nod to the popularity of digital gaming in modern Asian culture. Shaped metals and high reflectivity in the light fixtures and architecture show influences of computer parts and digital board patterns. The merging of these various design pillars creates a space that is elegant yet approachable and fun.”
ABOUT THE FOUNDER, WAN KIM
Wan Kim grew up in Korea and traveled as a very young child to adulthood all over Asia with his family experiencing differing Asian culture and cuisine. At the age of 19, he left Korea to attend college in Boston. He then acquired his MBA in California and moved back to Korea to work for his father’s business. In 2003, Kim decided to branch out from his family’s business to open Korea’s first Smooth King franchise. It took a few years but in 2007, the concept blew up. Kim went from 1 – 120 stores from 2003 – 2010. By then, the market was saturated in Asia. He approached the Smoothie King founders and ended up purchasing the company and moving his family to New Orleans in 2013.Kim grew Smoothie King from producing $160 million in annual revenue to an impressive $600 million and ultimately moving his family and corporate headquarters to Dallas in 2018. Today, Kim brings Nuri Grill to Dallas diners Fall 2021.
ABOUT CHEFS MINJI KIM & BEN LEE
Female Chef Minji Kim owned a renowned restaurant in Seoul, Korea that was a prominent force within the dining landscape in the area from its inception in 2007 to when it was closed in 2020 due to Kim and husband/Executive Chef Ben Lee moving to Dallas to work on Nuri Grill. Lee was Kim’s Executive Chef at her restaurant, aptly named Min’s Kitchen, where he oversaw and developed the Korean cuisine. He is most well-known for the creation of the menus and recipes that are famous in Modern Korean Fusion. Min’s Kitchen was listed in the Michelin guide for many years and was also recognized as the Michelin Plate in 2017, 2018 and 2019. Since the opening of the first location, Kim and Lee have opened four more locations which are now run by Kim’s sister. Both Lee and Kim moved to the United States in February 2020 to work for their mentor and friend (as well as past dining guest) Wan Kim, Creator of Nuri Grill and bring their 30+ years of experience to Dallas’ culinary scene.
Opening for Dinner, Drinks & Weekend Brunch Late Summer 2023
Nuri Steakhouse | 2401 Cedar Springs Rd, Suite 120 | Dallas