New Japanese restaurant, Shibui, opening in Tampa

Rendering of Shibui Tampa, a new Japanese restaurant opening in downtown Tampa in the fall 2019.

Color us intrigued. The Nocturnal Hospitality Group recently announced on Facebook that a Japanese restaurant called Shibui would open in the city this fall.

The concept from the owner of The Franklin Manor, Lanfranco Pescante, promises to bring Vegas and Miami vibes to downtown Tampa.

The Asian fusion and cocktail bar could open in early fall. The owners have taken to Instagram to tease specific menu items.

Items of aesthetic interest include: Sriacha demi glacé roasted chicken;
wagyu beef filet, egg yolk, and soy marinade; shrimp ramen, prawn, Yakitori pork, skewers, and egg noodles; black seabass on Yakitori; and wagyu tartare with a cured yolk.

According to the rendering, the concept will open at the corner of North Franklin and East Cass Street in downtown Tampa.

Follow Shibui on Instagram for updates.

Written by Andrew Harlan

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