San Francisco Bay Area Chef Ken Tominaga and award-winning MINA Group are set to debut the third location of their successful partnership, PABU. With locations in San Francisco and Boston, PABU, a modern izakaya and sushi bar, will be MINA Group’s second project at the recently opened JW Marriott in Downtown Nashville. The new location will offer hotel guests and locals a new street-level dining destination.
Opened in 2014, PABU San Francisco quickly became a destination for both local and national celebrities and athletes. PABU Boston opened in 2016 in the Downtown Crossing neighborhood and continues to have a vibrant happy hour and dining room.
“I’m thrilled to partner with Chef Mina and MINA Group to bring our beloved concept of PABU to life in a new city,” says Chef Tominaga. “PABU offers a sophisticated take on a style of cuisine that I’ve been passionate about my entire life, and we are excited to partner with the JW Marriott Nashville to bring Japan’s highest standards of ingredients, technique, and quality to Music City.”
“I’ve been enjoying Ken’s food for more than 20 years,” says Chef Mina. “He embodies the true cuisine of Japan and serves the highest quality nigiri and products from Japan in a modern way. I can’t wait to bring this concept to Nashville.”
PABU Nashville will offer premium Japanese cuisine, boasting a contemporary take on traditional dining options from Japan including an elevated sushi bar, izakaya, and robata grill. Fish is to be imported from Japan, and the fare will include a selection of sashimi, nigiri and tartare. The restaurant is set to feature a lively bar and happy hour with their signature Japanese whisky program, premium and super premium sakes, and a special assortment of Japanese beers.
Designed by ROY, PABU’s design will embody the atmosphere of an izakaya style drinking house with a modern twist. The restaurant will feature a bright Tokyo inspired color palette and a homage to 60’s Japanese pop bands. The space will also highlight an outdoor terrace for al fresco dining.