The teams behind Hachidori Ramen Bar and the popular E&P DMPLNGS pop-up have come together to open Kojin at KURA, a secret sake bar and Washoku dining experience in Little River. The concept will debut at KURA Sake Bar inside of Hachidori on June 22nd and continue throughout the summer until mid-September.

Hidden in the back of Hachidori, KURA will function as a speakeasy sake bar and pop-up kitchen for private tastings, chef collaborations, and more. The small, dim-lit speakeasy features a 14-seat bar and accents like cherry blossoms and parasols that transport you to Japan once you walk through the doorway inside of Hachidori.

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“After debuting Hachidori Ramen Bar last year, we’re thrilled to partner with Kojin as we officially open KURA Sake Bar to the public. Kojin’s culinary concept is the perfect complement to our premium sake menu,” says Guillermo Paniza, owner of Hachidori and KURA.

KURA will offer a variety of sakes, beer, wine and specialty cocktails curated by ChatChowTV’s Gio Gutierrez. Inspired by Washoku cuisine, Kojin’s food menu will feature a collection of elevated small plates designed by Resident Chef Pedro Mederos to complement the KURA beverage menu. Guests will be able to enjoy a selection of dishes ranging from raw bites and salads to hot plates and handcrafted desserts by pastry chef Katherine Randolph.

Chef Pedro, who most recently whet Miami’s palette with E&P DMPLNGS, has an extensive background in Japanese cuisine. He previously worked at Single Thread Farm and Inn, a three Michelin-starred restaurant in California, where he focused on Kaiseki cuisine.

The Miami native returned to South Florida to work under James Beard Award finalist, Chef Brad Kilgore, and then in 2020, as local restaurants began to close due to the pandemic, Chef Pedro found himself with ample time to develop new dishes and explore food fermentation projects. In December 2020, he opened the E&P DMPLNGS pop-up to instant praise for its innovative dim sum. Chef Pedro’s menu at Kojin is a direct reflection of his respect for Japanese culture – an admiration he shares with his partners at Hachidori.

Kojin at KURA will be open Tuesday through Thursday from noon to 10 p.m. and Friday to Saturday from noon to midnight. The pop-up is located inside of Hachidori Ramen Bar at 8222 NE 2nd Ave., Miami, FL 33138. Reservations are required from 5 p.m. to close and can be made by DMing @Kojin_Miami on Instagram. Walk-ins are accepted from noon to 5 p.m. daily. For more information and updates, follow @Kojin_Miami and @KuraMiami.