SUGARCANE raw bar grill 


Award-Winning Executive Chef and Partner Timon Balloo Helms Three Kitchen Concepts

and Oversees The Brand’s Signature, Globally Inspired Small Plates Menu


SUGARCANE raw bar grill, the James Beard-nominated, Miami-born eatery today announced the opening of a new location in the vibrant Dumbo district of Brooklyn, New York, set between the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges. Slated to open this August, the 11,000-square-foot, the 300-seat water-front restaurant will find a home in the 150-year-old Empire Stores building located at 55 Water Street in Brooklyn.  This opening follows on the heels of the brand’s successful November 2016 debut on Restaurant Row at The Venetian® Las Vegas, which was recently recognized by Eater as one of the “15 hottest restaurants in Las Vegas.”


SUGARCANE raw bar grill’s celebrated culinary concept of globally inspired small plates unites three kitchen concepts – an open fire grill, raw bar, and traditional kitchen.  The team will be led by Executive Chef and Partner Timon Balloo, whose kitchen approach brings immersive flavors to the plate, drawing culinary inspiration from all regions of the world as well as his own multi-cultural background.


“New York City is a culinary epicenter,” stated Shimon Bokovza, Managing Partner of Samba Brands Management. “So the opportunity to open SUGARCANE raw bar grill in Brooklyn in one of the most iconic locations in New York City was an opportunity of a lifetime.


” “Bringing the SUGARCANE raw bar grill concept to New York is a dream come true,” said Chef Balloo. “The brand that we’ve created is rooted in soulful spirit and genuinely captures my approach to cooking.  Each dish strives to celebrate culinary diversity, uncovering rich flavors from so many of the world’s abundant spice cabinets-many of which are concentrated in New York City of course!”


Situated between the iconic Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges, SUGARCANE raw bar grill will be located in the recently renovated Civil War-era warehouse that was primarily used for coffee storage by the Ariosa Coffee Company. The restaurant will feature a 2,000-square foot outdoor patio adjacent to Brooklyn Bridge Park, with stunning views of the East River and downtown Manhattan, and just steps from the famed Jane’s Carousel. The new LEED-certified Empire Stores building will have an open-air public passage from the Dumbo neighborhood to the waterfront. The redevelopment of the Empire Stores is part of a larger effort to transform this area of Brooklyn’s waterfront into an iconic park – the most significant park development in Brooklyn in over a century.


In partnership with Samba Brands Management leadership, award-winning design firm CetraRuddy taps into the organic textures and elements of the original building, while introducing sleek modern design influences. Eclectic and welcoming, the restaurant boasts an 18-seat bar, two large communal tables, and an open kitchen in the spirit of the “come one, come all” vibe that the beloved brand has come to represent since its 2010 Miami debut.


About SUGARCANE raw bar grill Brooklyn

SUGARCANE raw bar grill is located in Empire Stores at 55 Water Street in Brooklyn. The new 11,000-square-foot space will offer an All Day menu Monday through Sunday, as well as lunch Monday through Friday, and brunch Saturday and Sunday.


About SUGARCANE raw bar grill

Globally-inspired small plates come from three kitchen concepts – an open fire grill, raw bar and traditional kitchen – overseen by award-winning Executive Chef and Partner Timon Balloo, inviting guests to “kick back, eat well and stay awhile.” Embarking on a quest to celebrate the simple pleasures in life – eating well and celebrating with friends – the restaurant focuses on a “shared experience.


SUGARCANE raw bar grill has garnered widespread recognition, having received numerous awards including “Best New Restaurant” semifinalist by the James Beard Foundation; AAA 4-Diamond rating for three consecutive years; “Best Restaurant” by Johnson & Wales; “Restaurant of the Year” by Eater; “Best New Restaurant” by Miami New Times and two three-star reviews by the Miami Herald.


About Samba Brands Management

Samba Brands Management (SBM) was founded by Shimon Bokovza, Danielle Billera and Matthew Johnson. The company operates SUGARCANE raw bar grill in Miami and Las Vegas, and Bocce Italian Restaurant in Miami. Bokovza, Billera and Johnson are also the founders and managing partners of  SUSHISAMBA and Duck & Waffle. With decades of combined restaurant experience, the company continues to expand their cutting-edge concepts. The company boasts unpredictable and impressive venues, spearheads visions that set trends in the industry, and places an attention to culinary excellence at the foundation of its success.



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