Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto’s unique culinary vision coming to Montclair

MM by Morimoto, a restaurant showcasing traditional Japanese flavors with a modern twist and the brainchild of Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto, will open later this year, according to a Monday announcement from Montclair Hospitality Group.

MHG signed a lease for the expansive 12,779 square foot location at 193 Glenridge Ave., which previously housed Maddox and Musuko. The new restaurant will have over 200 seats, providing a spacious and immersive dining experience for guests eager to indulge in Morimoto’s innovative menu.

“I started Montclair Hospitality Group in 2014 in my hometown with the mission to launch the world’s leading dining concepts. We’re beyond excited to have Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto opening his first MM by Morimoto with our team in Montclair this year. It’s a career milestone happening 10 years since we opened Ani Ramen on Bloomfield Avenue, and truly is a dream come true. It’ll also be the first of many more to come,” Montclair Hospitality Group founder and Chief Business Officer Luck Sarabhayavanija said.

“MM by Morimoto is a brand new concept that is going to take the nation by storm. Locals know that Montclair’s culinary scene is thriving, and MM by Morimoto’s opening will bring that message to the entire country,” Montclair Hospitality Group CEO Joey Simons said.

“I’m happy to announce one of our first major concepts in the heart of Montclair, New Jersey. I have been eager to bring my cuisine to this vibrant community, and Montclair Hospitality Group is the ideal partner to make that vision a reality. Their focus on creating innovative hospitality experiences mirrors the philosophy I have at my restaurants. I am excited, as partnering with Montclair Hospitality Group makes perfect sense, and I look forward to many more,” Morimoto said.

MM by Morimoto’s menu will include newly developed appetizers and entrees, and steak enthusiasts can look forward to the chef’s new grill and protein program to be announced soon. Additionally, the Omakase Bar and Dining Room Omakase menu promises a curated culinary experience, while the sushi and sashimi selection offer an extensive array, as part of the quality-focused program that includes Morimoto’s latest innovative dishes.

MM by Morimoto’s Montclair location will also feature a full bar menu with handcrafted cocktails, an extensive wine list and a selection of sakes and beers. To meet a variety of preferences, MM by Morimoto will additionally offer on- and off-premises catering options.