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Celebrity Chef Akira Back Opens a New Eatery at The Ray

Joining Rosewater and Ember Grill at The Ray is Akira Back, the first restaurant led by a Michelin-starred chef to open in Delray Beach

The bustling Delray Beach has welcomed a dynamic new restaurant to its roster of stellar dining concepts. The Ray Hotel opened its third in-house restaurant, the first led by a Michelin-starred chef in the city. With chef Akira Back at the helm of Akira Back, the luxury dining concept offers modern Japanese cuisine with a cutting-edge twist. Born in Seoul, Back crafted the menu with nods to his Korean heritage through authentic flavors and creative presentation.

Akira Back at The Ray

“We are thrilled to welcome chef Akira Back to The Ray Hotel and believe that his creativity, technique and attention to detail will elevate and bring international attention to the growing dining scene in Delray Beach,” says Craig Menin, founder of Menin Development. “In addition to our signature restaurants, Rosewater and Ember Grill, Akira Back will complete our strong lineup of well-rounded culinary offerings.”

The dining room at Akira Back (photo by: Eric George)

The restaurant, designed by Celano Design Studios, features an outdoor seating area, dining room, sushi counter and bar. With statement design details including a dramatic blue stained wood front bar, curved wood trellis structures and banquettes upholstered in custom felted-wool, inspired by a painting by chef Akira’s mom, Young-Hee Back, the posh interiors are not only luxurious but laced with personal touches.