“I don’t just want a business, but want to create a culture and a community” – Seigo Nakamura
With a big vision and hardly any English, Seigo Nakamura took his family restaurant business of nearly six decades across the world in 2008. Successfully operating eight restaurants in the southern Japanese city of Miyazaki, going international was never an ‘if’ for restaurateur Seigo Nakamura, but a matter of when and where. His father and former owner of the business, Juichi, always admired Canada, and when Seigo visited Vancouver for the first time in 2007 he immediately knew his concept would fit in to the city’s flair for multicultural cuisine and healthy living. The following year, Miku Restaurant opened in Vancouver downtown, specializing in beautifully executed Aburi (flame-seared) sushi and entree dishes. After 3 successful years, Miku has grown a reputation amongst Vancouverites as ‘the place to go for Aburi sushi.’ Following this favorable outcome and his personal dream of expansion, Seigo knew it was the right time to open up his second venture, Minami, in the vibrant neighborhood of Yaletown.
Minami is the name of Seigo Nakamura’s second daughter. The name, written in Japanese symbolically means ‘a beautiful wave.’