Yvonne’s Team Is Opening Ruka in Downtown Crossing This Year

The Peruvian restaurant is going into the Godfrey Hotel.

Brand imagery for Ruka

Brand imagery for Ruka, a new concept from the team behind Yvonne’s. / Image provided

The hospitality tour de force behind Yvonne’s has something else in store for Downtown Crossing: Ruka, a contemporary Nikkei (Peruvian-Japanese) concept, is opening in the Godfrey Hotel later this year.

Yvonne’s partners of Christopher Jamison, Mark Malatesta, and culinary director Tom Berry are teaming up with Ting Yen of Oishii on the “high-touch social dining” experience. They have taken a few trips to Peru this past year to develop the culinary and beverage programs, as well as the restaurant’s overall vibe.

Preston Miller has signed on as executive chef, an alum of April Bloomfield’s Michelin-starred Breslin in New York City. Asian technique—nikkei and also “chifa,” the Chinese counterpart in Peru—will balance the traditional cooking styles and vibrant Latin flavors on his menus, the team says. Ruka will also have a sushi program, showcasing the ingredients from South America’s coast.

Will Thompson, who speardheads Yvonne’s world class bar, is developing the beverage program at Ruka.

Jamison, Malatesta, and Berry debuted Yvonne’s last year in the hallowed halls of Locke Ober, a Boston fine dining institution. The chic, chandelier-draped, “modern supper club” has a playful, social menu from chef Juan Pedrosa, plus exceptional cocktails and service-oriented hospitality. Jamison also co-owns Lolita Cocina & Tequila Bar in Back Bay, and is developing a second location in the Seaport, Eater reported.

Ruka is slated to open this fall. It’s joining George Howell Coffee’s new café, off the lobby of the Godfrey Hotel Boston.

The Godfrey Hotel, 505 Washington St., Boston, godfreyhotelboston.com.