News broke earlier this year that IDG was flipping their Sunset Boulevard beauty, Rivabella, into a large-format Japanese restaurant called ROKU. With the opening date just around the corner, here are four things you need to know about the upcoming West Hollywood hotspot:
ROKU is slated to open on Monday, November 16
Although a slew of friends and family preview dinners will (hopefully) iron out the kinks this week, the expansive restaurant will open to the public next Monday in the old RivaBella space. With its prime location and what will surely be sceney digs, reservations will likely be a hot ticket.
It's more than a teppanyaki restaurant
Although one of the most exciting features of the new concept are the Benihana-style teppanyaki grills, there are actually only three large grill tables, one that seats twelve and two that seat eight, in the entire restaurant. In addition to a sushi bar, there will be plenty of booths and non-grill tables in the massive digs.
Sushi Roku Hollywood mourners will find solace in ROKU's menu
IDG is drawing from what has worked for them in the past, combining steakhouse elements from Boa and sushi and small plates from Sushi Roku. Hollywood locals can get their fix of Sushi Roku classic dishes like Yellowtail diced chilies, seared Albacore with crispy onions, and hanabi (spicy tuna over crispy rice) on the new ROKU menu.
ROKU will be an "innovation hub" for the IDG empire
That means ROKU's kitchen will be used to develop new dishes for all IDG concepts, including Sushi Roku, BOA, and Katana.