New General Manager Reflects the Poise and Elegance of KENICHI Experience
Former prima ballerina, Nicole Braly on point for exquisite service, food and community
KENICHI, an edgy interpretation of traditional Japanese cuisine, celebrates the recent hire of Nicole Braly as the restaurant’s new general manager. With a strength and drive that comes from more than 20 years of rigorous physical output and mental commitment as a professional ballerina, Braly’s leadership is fueling growth and creativity at the restaurant.
With a degree in physical science from Cal State University and experience performing as a prima ballerina, Braly demonstrates a balanced passion for elegance, people, science and strength. Having performed with the New York City Ballet Company, London Ballet Company, San Francisco Ballet Company and the American Ballet Theatre, Braly now exercises her intense mental and physical capacities as a businesswoman immersed in the demanding lifestyle and long hours of the food service industry.
“I love the beauty of fine-dining and the joy of giving my guests a special restaurant experience,” said Braly, who began her fine-dining career when she was hired by Iron Chef winner, Chef Kent Rathbun, for a position at his Austin restaurant.
Braly previously served as the assistant general manager for Parkside Projects, which overlooks the restaurants Olive & June and The Backspace. She enjoyed promotions and held positions in bar management at Miyagi’s Los Angeles, Geoffrey’s Malibu and Jasper’s Austin, where she was trained to become the official wine buyer and a Level I Sommelier. Before joining KENICHI, Braly served as the restaurant, bar and live music manager at Sullivan's Steakhouse and Sully’s Sidebar.
"Nicole's vision for KENICHI is tantalizing," said one KENICHI partner, Mike Reynolds. "Her passion to focus on truly exceptional service, appreciation of Executive Chef Shane Stark and Executive Sushi Chef Richard Lee and commitment to hone the KENICHI experience of polished elegance, are already making a difference."
Anchored in the heart of downtown Austin, KENICHI packages an upscale fine-dining experience and tempting nightlife in a modern, relaxed setting. It also features the largest sake selection in the state of Texas.