Save Kappo at East End Market

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Kappo, one of the most unique and popular restaurants in Orlando, is being mandated by Orlando DBPR to put a sneeze guard on their bar due to the fact that guests are considered 'environmental contaminants' when sitting directly in front of their food being prepared.

The quaint, 7-seat omakase-styled restaurant is situated in Audubon Park's East End Market and serves “Kappo style” Japanese cuisine. Kappo is owned and operated by three former University of Florida students, who after graduating trained in restaurants in New York such as Blue Hill, Morimoto, Aquavit and also in London at a Japanese Kaiseki restaurant called Umu.

Kappo is a style of dining in Japan where the chef’s cook, cut and serve the guest “over the counter”, with complete transparency. Dining at Kappo is about more than just eating; Kappo's owners want to provide its guests with an authentic experience true to Japanese culture, which includes ongoing interaction throughout the meal. This personal contact is designed to educate and shed light about both the food they are preparing and the culture from which it originated.

However, the appreciation for culture and tradition which is the cornerstone of dining at Kappo is now being threatened by the Department of Business and Professional Regulation's division of hotels and restaurants.

The DBPR, citing a salad bar/buffet clause, has demanded that Kappo place a 'salad bar sneeze-guard' type of plexiglass shield at the dining counter, thereby separating guests from chefs and destroying the ability for them to interact during the meal.

The DBPR has threatened to file suit which will lead to the eventual shutdown of Kappo if the 'sneeze guard' is not in place.

Kappo uses only the highest quality ingredients, cleanliness and craftsmanship and never have had a filed complaint of any kind.

 Please sign our petition asking Buddy Dyer to 'SAVE KAPPO' . 

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