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Meet Zuuk Mediterranean Kitchen, brought to your by the co-founders of My Ceviche.

After much success with local fast casual seafood concept My Ceviche, former investment banker Roger Duarte and James Beard Award Nominee Chef Samuel Gorenstein co-founded Zuuk Mediterranean Kitchen in 2016. Roger and Sam came up with the idea for Zuuk after much success with and many learnings from their local fast casual seafood concept My Ceviche. While My Ceviche was about making the seafood dishes with coastal flavors both affordable and accessible, Zuuk was created to do the same - but for the less familiar flavors of the Mediterranean.

Co-founder Roger Duarte began his career in investment banking but soon left to pursue a business wholesaling Florida stone crabs. Roger grew up in a home where food was the family glue, where breakfast was family time and dinner was family therapy. Roger always knew that his passion for food would eventually play a role in his professional aspirations, but stone crabs are what finally brought him out of his shell. 

Shortly after founding George Stone Crab, Roger met acclaimed Chef Sam Gorenstein who, at the time, was the Executive Chef at The Betsy Hotel. Roger and Sam together founded My Ceviche while Sam was still working full time at The Betsy. But from the moment they opened their doors, My Ceviche was a wild success, forcing Sam to hang up his fine dining apron, roll up his sleeves, and helm My Ceviche's modest take out window. 

Just a few years later, what started as a little 225 square foot kitchen next to a youth hostel has since expanded to 7 My Ceviche locations and 3 Zuuk locations, all of which are located in Roger and Sam's hometown of Miami, FL.

Zuuk Mediterranean Kitchen invites you to customize a pita, bowl or salad to your liking with our flavorful selection of ingredients, all made in-house from scratch daily. No matter what you end up selecting for your bowl or pita, Chef Sam has designed our menu so that you will enjoy any combination of ingredients from our line. We proudly offer a highly customizable menu with numerous vegan, vegetarian, gluten free, and keto friendly options. 

Discover the transcendental power of food at Zuuk Mediterranean Kitchen. Our bold flavors will transport you to the other side of the world without having to leave the comfort of our scratch kitchen. At Zuuk, the unexpected never tasted so good.