SUSHI ROKU HAS ALWAYS BEEN A FAVORITE JAPANESE RESTAURANT OF OURS. and now open in Newport Beach Fashion Island is the latest expansion of the very popular upscale Japanese restaurant chain out of Southern California and now the owners of a number of great brands under the Innovative Dining Group umbrella including BOA Steakhouse Robata Bar and Katana. During our recent visit to Sushi Roku in Newport, we were delighted to tie-up with the Innovative Dining Group’s Operations Director Christian Corben, Cody Wilson and Manager Jeffrey Kingsbury.

Christian divides his attention throughout the locations and has been with the group since the beginning and continues to be impressed with the company’s growth and development.

BRAVO Cucina Italiana has opened its first location in Nevada in the new 12,000-squarefoot plaza at the Galleria at Sunset mall in Henderson which just completed a $24.1 million expansion Here our Editorial Director Bob Barnes congratulates General Manager Casey Reid on the new upscale classic Italian restaurant, which features an open kitchen, large bar area with inviting fire place, private dining room and spacious outdoor terrace Judging from the sampling of delectable dishes we enjoyed, BRAVO! will do quite well and we wish them much success.

THE WESTERN RESTAURANT & HOSPITALITY EXPO AUGUST 23-25 SAVE THE DATE…at the Los Angeles Convention Center is the largest regional Food & Beverage Show sponsored by the California Restaurant Association and attended by foodservice and hospitality professionals throughout the region. This year The Las Vegas Food & Beverage Professional and sister publication The SoCal Food & Beverage Professional will be exhibiting at the Show Included in the Expo will be cooking demonstrations and culinary competition overseen by the local chapters of the ACF-American Culinary Federation. Please drop by and visit our booth at the Show.