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Gyu-Kaku Japanese BBQ Coming to Suniland Shopping Center

MIAMI BEACH, FL – January 22, 2015 – Terranova Corporation is pleased to announce it has signed Gyu-Kaku Japanese BBQ to Suniland Shopping Center, a deal that marks the growing chain’s second location in Miami-Dade county.


Gyu-Kaku Japanese BBQ has signed a 10-year lease for 3,061 square feet at 11327 South Dixie Highway. Gyu-Kaku Japanese BBQ, meaning “horn of the bull,” will bring Japanese barbeque to Pinecrest later this year.

“Pinecrest has been somewhat underserved when it comes to table service restaurants and we believe a proven concept like Gyu-Kaku will thrive in filling that void,” said Terranova Senior Commercial Associate Juan Franco, who represented the landlord in the deal. “At the same time they will be a complimentary addition to Suniland’s long list of successful tenants.”

The international chain, is popular for its tableside service where customers cook their food in personal grills installed at every table. Gyu-Kaku menu options include long-time best seller Hirami Skirt Steak Miso, a 21-day-aged Angus skirt steak marinated in a signature marinade, filet mignon, New York strip, beef short ribs, tongue, chicken and seafood. The restaurant also serves noodle bowls, rice dishes and vegetables. But the one item that keeps you coming for more are those gooey campfire favorites, s’mores.

Originally built in 1955, Suniland Shopping Center is located on 91,000 car-a-day US-1 servicing the county’s most affluent neighborhoods of Pinecrest and Palmetto Bay. “We decided to open in Suniland as it is the most established center in the city of Pinecrest and draws a huge crowd that other centers in the area lack,” said Elbardi Investment and Franchise Management Group President and CEO Mario Contreras. “Although Pinecrest has demonstrated to be a dense area with lots of families, it is in need of high quality family restaurants and Gyu Kaku will pioneer this movement.”

Elbardi, developer and operator of Gyu-Kaku for the South Florida market, was founded by Contreras in 2003 with a loan from his father to open a restaurant and went from a single-unit operation to a multi-unit operation in less than two years. Jesus Urdaneta joined the firm in 2008 and since then the firm has exponentially grown during the last 5 years to multiple brands in multiple markets. Elbardi’s goal is to operate more than 300 restaurants from their three brands, (Charleys Philly Steaks, Gyu Kaku Japanese BBQ, and Villa Italian Kitchen) in the next 10 years.

Gyu-Kaku Japanese BBQ in Suniland Shopping Center will join a tenant line-up that includes other leading retailers such as CVS Pharmacy, Smoothie King, Flanigan’s, Citibank, and Chicken Kitchen.


Terranova Corporation, South Florida’s leading commercial real estate advisory firm, currently is involved with commercial real estate assets for its clients and its own portfolio valued at more than $1 billion. The company offers complete commercial real estate services, including asset and property management, leasing, tenant representation, acquisitions, dispositions, financing, construction management and development services.