Highly anticipated restaurant Jereve opens at Emko where artistic cuisine, culture and community intersect.

Over the past three years Palm Beach denizens have waited patiently for a glimpse into the wondrous world of Emko. Exterior installations of modern sculptures, urban street art and thought provoking messages randomly appeared decorating the landscape, turning heads, and piquing curiosity. Now the wait is over. As of mid-March, owner and artist, Leo Koel and Executive Chef, Nick Martinkovic unveiled the first phase of Emko, restaurant Jereve to a captivated audience.

In 2012 Koel, a self-taught artist, had a dream. He envisioned an art gallery that would serve as a platform for undiscovered talent.  He put his vision to action restoring the 1920’s historical building. The multi-dimensional project begins at street-level in the culinary art studio. Guests are immediately transported to a highly stylized space that looks like something you might experience in Manhattan instead of South Florida.

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The awe-inspiring décor is reflective of Koel’s unbridled contemporary approach to art and design.  His influences can be seen at every turn from his sculpted, cloud-like chandeliers to his hand burnished tabletops and uninhibited use of color and light.  The culinary art studio features four distinct showpieces:

Restaurant Jereve, the pièce de résistance, serving modern American cuisine, craft cocktails and boutique wines in a casual, chic ambiance.
Untitled Coffee & Juice Bar offers the Flamingo Park neighborhood a gathering spot and grab-and-go options for morning caffiene fixes, breakfast on-the-fly, afternoon teas and fresh baked pick-me ups.
The Market, focusing on the “Art of Entertaining”, showcases artisan food products meticulously sourced from small batch producers around the country.
The Back Alley Bakery features scratch baked desserts ranging from European-style pastries to nostalgic Americana treats to Latin inspired favorites.

Culinary artistry comes to life through the very capable hands of Executive Chef Nick Martinkovic’s creative menus. A 2004 graduate of Johnson & Wales University in Rhode Island, the native New Yorker continued his studies with Chef Etienne Signe in France and in the kitchen of Master Chef Graham Tinsley of the Castle Hotel in Wales. Chef Nick’s most influential experience was under the tutelage of Chef Carlo Mirarchi of Roberta’s in Brooklyn, a New York Times praised farm-to-table restaurant. He credits his time with Chef Mirarchi for instilling the importance of procuring the highest quality ingredients and treating them with respect.

Martinkovic’s mantra rings true on Jereve’s menus focusing on contemporary flavors and modern presentations utilizing seasonal, local and sustainable ingredients.  Sautéed cuttlefish with rhubarb and poppy seed, tuna sashimi with sake gelée and black garlic, and piquillo peppers stuffed with manchego and peppadew are just a sampling of the small plate selections.  Senses are further stimulated with main course offerings including house made pastas, such as maltagliatti, goat, fiore sardo, guinciale and poached egg or Martinkovic’s take on “surf & turf”, a light yet flavorful combination of pork loin, scallop, vermicelli and bone broth. Vegetarians are catered to with earthy, soil-coffee roasted beets with goat cheese and white balsamic gel or wild mushrooms and quinoa with hemp seed oil and pine nut mylk, among others.

The Artist Independent Republic, located on the third floor, is the crowning jewel of Emko. The 6,000 square foot space is dedicated to infusing the community with undiscovered, creative talent. AIR seeks to attract innovative, avant-garde visionaries of the art world.  Emerging artists in need of exposure will be represented and supported by AIR through exhibits, performances and special events held at the progressive, modern art gallery.

Emko is located in the heart of antique row at 2119 South Dixie Highway, West Palm Beach, Florida, 33401. To make a reservation for restaurant Jereve the number is 561.227.3511. Additional information may be found here: emkopb.com.

Highly anticipated restaurant Jereve opens at Emko West Palm Beach Serving American Cuisine, Craft Cocktails and Boutique Wines in a Casual, Chic Ambiance.