As the final supermoon of the year sailed through the warm Miami air, the stars turned out below: Gekkō, the Japanese-inspired steakhouse by hospitality mogul David Grutman and the streamed-in-the-billions musician and actor Bad Bunny, opened its doors to a proper constellation of Magic City’s who’s who. (A fated coincidence: “Gekkō” translates from Japanese to English as “moonlight,” but it was pure luck that the restaurant’s launch was scheduled on the same night as the lunar show.)
Joe Jonas and Sophie Turner—Miamians as of last year, having relocated from Los Angeles—were seen sitting and chatting with David and Victoria Beckham, who split time between the U.K and South Florida. Three of the four Beckham kids were there, too: Romeo, Cruz, and Harper (Romeo plays for Inter Miami, David’s soccer/football club). DJ Khaled stopped by, as did Devon Windsor, as did Future, as did many more.
The draw—in August, no less, a time when Miami is historically quieter than usual—was a testament to Grutman and Bunny’s power. The former is well versed in fusing hospitality and entertainment with such places as LIV, the popular nightclub, and The Goodtime Hotel, at which he is partners with Pharrell Williams. The latter, well, let’s just say this writer hasn’t seen that kind of fan turnout in a long, long time–Bunny is hyper-famous. Throngs of admirers lined the street, letting out a deafening roar when he arrived, and chasing his car when he left.
Inside, the atmosphere was high-energy but refined. Gekkō’s cavernous rooms, with matte-black cathedral ceilings, vaulted above, feel surprisingly intimate for the scale–something Grutman was insistent upon. “Think of your go-to steakhouse. It’s familiar and personal. Then, imagine that with Japanese cuisine, too, and a Miami spin. Color, texture, great music. That’s what we’re aiming for with Gekkō,” he said.
As for the fits? Grutman’s wife, Isabela, wore a sharp Saint Laurent bodysuit, Cruz Beckham looked cool in a bleached-denim outsized jacket, and Bunny was in head-to-toe Louis Vuitton. “Though,” he said, “the boxers are Versace.”