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Scotch + Bacon Group

Good Food, Good People

Miami, Feb, 2016

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The Scotch + Bacon team were responsible for creating and opening this Asian inspired, wood-fired restaurant in 2016. It has since become a favorite for locals and tourists over the years. Situated in the heart of Wynwood, it has been seen as a pivotal business for the area's popularity.

Operating in over 4000sq ft, this 108 seat restaurant is open 7 days a week for lunch, dinner, and brunch service with a full liquor license. This location changed ownership in December 2020, with the full support of the group.

Miami, April, 2019

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The team developed their first fast-casual concept in early 2019, with the opening of Laid Fresh. Slated as the best new breakfast spot by Miami New Times, the restaurant also benefitted from a high volume of take out and delivery traffic.

Innovative design elements such as communal works spaces, lego tables, noise cancelling music zones and a larger than life "fridge door" menu displays saw a new side to the group's design spectrum.

The concept focused on egg-driven sandwiches with house-made brioche buns, fresh salads, and local drinks partnerships. The space was reimagined during the summer of 2020 due to the pandemic becoming the new home for Buya, however Scotch + Bacon are working on bringing this concept back to the Miami market in 2021.

Montreal, Feb, 2020

After the success of the group’s first fast-casual concept, a clear guest favorite evolved – the chikin sandwich.

Early 2020, Scotch + Bacon group partnered with Canadian hospitality group A5 to open a concept geared around this crowd-pleaser. As part of Montreal’s premier new food hall, Le Cathcart, Chef Michael Lewis was helmed as the only international chef brought in for this acclaimed project. This gained interest and followers as the location quickly became one of the highest-grossing outlets.

The brand focuses on simple, tasty Korean fried chicken with a variety of sides and salads with a nod to Asian Cuisine. As the brand expands throughout Canada and the USA, Chef Michael is working on creating playful dishes that also cater to the vegetarian market.


Miami, July, 2020


Opening in July 2020, the Scotch + Bacon group recently partnered in Buya Izakaya. This Japanese inspired concept, with already three locations worldwide, focuses on small bites, craft cocktails, and an impressive Japanese whisky collection mimicking the worker class izakaya dens of Japan.

Secret private rooms, local graffiti art and industry happy hours make this a hot spot for the Wynwood locals and visitors throughout.

Chef Michael Lewis is directly working with the team to add his personal touch to the menu in Miami’s first location. At 66 seats, this newest addition to Wynwood has been received with much anticipation.


Mexico City, Aug, 2020

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After four years of much success in the USA, the group opened their second location in the heart of Mexico City in Polanco. This two-story restaurant features a unique rooftop terrace, lounge and private dining.

At 220 seats, the group elevated the design of this next location with a huge central bar, walk in wine celler, DJ Booth and art work by 2Alas.

KYU’s view on sustainability and community involvement is a driving force in any location. and they have long-standing partnerships with organizations such as 1% for the planet and Reforestamos.


Toronto, Feb, 2021

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Pivoting with the unique shifts in the hospitality business, the group is working with reputable Reef Technology and their Neighborhood Kitchens initiative to bring both the Laid Fresh and Chikin brands throughout Canada, and then the USA.

Their first vessel opened in February 2021, in the Toronto location of Liberty Village, bringing fried chicken and egg sandwiches to the masses.

This quick switch to delivery platforms was an easy decision as the brands had already had much success in the "to go" market. There are now additional locations in Toronto, as well as Calgary and Edmonton.

Miami, May, 2021

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Following the groups success in Canada with Chikin, and a perfect partnership with Buya, Scotch + Bacon group became part of the hottest new outdoor food court and event space, Oasis Wynwood. 

Going back to their home roots of Wynwood, the location features four other acclaimed USA restaurants, and opened May 2021, alongside a 365 day programed live music calendar.

Asheville, June 2021


In Early 2021, the group once again partnered with Michael Sponaugle, of the Buya restaurants, in well loved, North Carolina. 

Ukiah Japanese Smokehouse is a unique concept created as a collaboration between a group of friends and restaurateurs.  Asheville local’s, Derek Allen and Kevin Wojtowicz met Michael Sponaugle over 10 years ago through mutual friends and have always dreamed of opening something in their hometown.  Now as a base for the group, the restaurant offers a casual approach to Japanese Soul Food mixed with American BBQ, a signature stamp of Award Winning Lewis' talent. A full bar, also boasts an impressive range on seasonal cocktails, sake and Japanese whiskeys.