TANDUAY Brands International, Inc. (TBII) said it opened its first restaurant, The Kushi Bar (TKB), in Makati City.

In a statement, the company said TKB is managed by Nightwing, Inc., a restaurant management company, and will serve Filipino-Japanese dishes paired with Tanduay rum-infused drinks. It also sells a variety of Tanduay premium novelty items.

“We Filipinos love to eat and drink, and through TKB, we wanted to elevate the awareness that specific dishes may be best enjoyed with a glass of their favorite spirit or cocktail,” Lucio K. Tan, Jr., president of TBII, said in a statement.

Located along Ayala Avenue, TKB features chef Yuri Amani, who worked as a corporate banquet chef in Japan for 15 years; and chef Allan Gatchalian, who has 27 years of experience in Japanese cuisine.

“As we celebrate our 165th year, we want to offer an experience that goes beyond our iconic rum brand. Tanduay has long valued and continues to value culture, heritage, and family tradition. Through TKB and our other initiatives, we would like to further showcase these to our most loyal customers — our fellow Filipinos,” Mr. Tan said.

Tanduay Distillers, Inc. is a subsidiary of listed LT Group, Inc. It produces a range of rum products such as Tanduay Rhum, Tanduay Light, and Tanduay 1854, as well as brandy Compañero, whiskey Embassy, Cossack Vodka, London Gin and Gin Kapitan. — V.M.P.Galang