Courtesy Rubell Museum, Miami. © Allison Zuckerman
Come July 2020, LEKU will bring the pleasures of eating in Spain's enchanting Côte Basque region to 1100 NW 23rd Street in Miami's Allappatah neighborhood, at the new Rubell Museum, opened in December 2019. The new museum is housed in six former industrial buildings, connected and transformed by Selldorf Architects. Located less than a mile from its former home in Wynwood, which opened to the public in 1993, the new Museum is closer to downtown Miami and readily accessible via public transportation. Set to open for lunch and dinner, LEKU will feature innovative cuisine without losing sight of its Basque roots, following the same principle of adhering to seasonal local ingredients and simplistic cooking methods based on tried and true techniques.
LEKU is owned by an impressive international group of veteran restaurant and hospitality professionals who understand the level of excellence needed to run a successful fine-dining establishment. The ownership group includes Alejandro Muguerza of Le Basque Catering in Miami; Andreas Schreiner of Schreiner Hospitality; Terry Zarikian of the New York and South Beach Wine & Food Festivals, and the 30-year old Executive Chef Mikel Goikolea, formerly of Azurmendi Prêt à Porter.
LEKU's all-day lunch and dinner menus, created by the partners along with chef de cuisine, Aitor Garate Berasaluze, formerly sommelier and development manager at Asador Etxebarri located in Atxondo Basque Country, will please guests with full-flavored, fresh, seasonal offerings served in a magical indoor and outdoor setting. An impressive "Basque grill" will be the centerpiece for the outdoor area where wood fired items will be prepared. The design aesthetic for LEKU was conceptualized by Alejandro Muguerza and has been carefully curated to complement the Rubell Museum, while adding some original whimsical elements of surprise.