Parent Company: JNK Concepts
Inspired by his passion for global cuisine, Dr. John N. Kapoor, founded JNK Concepts in 2008 after opening Roka Akor in Scottsdale, AZ. Seven years later, the company’s portfolio has grown to seven restaurants with three more locations for Roka Akor, two locations for Marigold Maison Indian Cuisine, and one Enolo Wine Café. Each restaurant opened by JNK Concepts contains a thoughtfully crafted menu with accompanying wine and spirits programs that are both innovative and approachable. In spring 2015, JNK Concepts celebrated the expansion of its upscale Indian eatery Marigold Maison with its North Shore suburban Chicago location in Bannockburn, IL. www.jnkconcepts.com | Facebook | Twitter: @JNKConcepts
Roka Akor brings an innovative combination of contemporary Robata Japanese cuisine and stunning design to four locations across the U.S., including Scottsdale, San Francisco, Chicago and Skokie, IL. Roka Akor’s principle Robata Japanese cuisine is prepared on a twelve-foot robata grill that uses mesquite charcoal with flames that can raise temperatures up to 1,900 degrees. The restaurant’s name is derived from two words: RO and KA. The meaning of the first word is hearth, a gathering place where people socialize and take in the ambience; the latter stands for a burning fire and projecting energy. In alignment with the restaurant’s name, Roka Akor’s design features a centrally located robata grill that provides the heart of the visual experience, surrounded by rich wood décor and sleek lighting. Guests are encouraged to speak with the chefs about the food to create an interactive and engaging dining experience.
Roka Akor’s menu changes seasonally, including a rotating selection of prime-cut steaks, seafood, and vegetables with Japanese-inspired marinades and sauces, along with sushi and sashimi. The menu is broken into several sections, including cold appetizers, hot appetizers, modern-style nigiri, premium sushi, and selections from the robata grill. Prime-Cut Steaks pair with tableside shaved truffles, Wafu Dressing (savory soy vinaigrette), chili ginger sauce, or signature black truffle-infused aioli ($28-48); all fish comes with Himalayan rock salt, a delicate seasoning that won’t interfere with the natural flavor of the fish; and Japanese Wild Mushroom Rice Hot Pot has an add-on black truffle option to complement as a side to any protein ($11-29). For more adventurous guests there is the option of the Omakase, a personalized tasting menu prepared with premium in-house ingredients that is translated to mean “to entrust the chef” ($128-138).
Roka Bar’s extensive cocktail program also changes seasonally and includes an extensive list of shochu, a distilled Japanese spirit. Adding its own twist on the Japanese spirit, Roka Bar offers a variety of house-made infusions with blood orange, raspberry, mango and chili, and honeycomb, as well as a House-Infused Shochu Flight with three seasonal house-made shochus ($18).
Each restaurant is available for private dining, corporate functions, and semi-large private group bookings. San Francisco’s Roka Akor can accommodate up to 120 guests, the Scottsdale location up to 200 guests, and the Skokie and Chicago locations up to 250.
Awards for Roka Akor:
Voted “Top 10 Sushi Spots in the United States” by Bon Appétit magazine
“Top 10 Steakhouses in Arizona” by Thrillist
“The Best Steakhouses in 50 States – Arizona” by Business Insider and Foursquare
“Best Sushi Restaurant in the U.S.” by Travel + Leisure
Michelin Guide Recommended
Multiple Awards of Excellence by Wine Spectator
“Top Newcomer” by Zagat
“Top 10 Steakhouses” by Crain’s Chicago Business
Chicago magazine’s “Hot List” for six consecutive months
“Best Private Dining Rooms” by Crain’s Chicago Business
Chicago, IL: 456 N. Clark St., Chicago, IL 60654; 312.477.7652. Lunch: Monday-Friday 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m..Dinner: Sunday-Wednesday 5-11 p.m.; Thursday-Saturday 5 p.m.-12 a.m.. Roka | Bar: Sunday-Wednesday 5 p.m.-1 a.m.; Thursday-Friday 5 p.m.- 2 a.m.; Saturday 5 p.m.-3 a.m. www.rokaakor.com | Facebook | Twitter: @RokaAkorChicago | Instagram: @RokaAkor
San Francisco, CA: 801 Montgomery St., San Francisco, CA 94133; 415.362.8887. Lunch: Monday-Friday 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.. Dinner: Sunday-Thursday 5:30-10 p.m.; Friday-Saturday 5:30 p.m.-11 p.m.. Roka | Bar: Monday-Thursday 4:30 p.m.-close; Friday 4:30 p.m.-close; Saturday-Sunday 5:30 p.m.-close www.rokaakor.com | Facebook | Twitter: @RokaAkorSF | Instagram: @RokaAkor
Scottsdale, AZ: 7299 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85258; 480.306.8800. Dinner: Sunday-Thursday 5-10 p.m.; Friday-Saturday 5-11 p.m.. Roka | Bar: Sunday-Thursday 4:30-10 pm.; Friday-Saturday 4:30-11 p.m. www.rokaakor.com | Facebook | Twitter: @RokaAkorAZ | Instagram: @RokaAkor
Skokie, IL: 4999 Old Orchard Center, Skokie, IL 60077; 847.329.7650. Monday-Thursday 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m.; Friday-Saturday 11:30 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sunday 11:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m.. www.rokaakor.com | Facebook | Twitter: @RokaAkorOO | Instagram: @RokaAkor