The Sake no Hana tale just gets weirder and weirder. Originally the Shoppes at the Palazzo had a logo up for the restaurant in front of a rather massive space across from Grimaldi's Pizzeria and mere steps away from SushiSamba, a direct sushi competitor to the Japanese restaurant from Hakkasan.
Then the emails started. "I write to you on behalf of Hakkasan Limited who are the parent company for the Hakkasan Group and we have not been involved in any talks to bring Sake no Hana to Vegas. Accordingly, I am unsure where the information from your article has come from," writes Marilyn Benjamin, the company and legal secretary for Hakkasan in London. "We have in fact discovered that a third party has potentially been claiming to be affiliated with us or to have the rights to use the brand and we are seeking legal advice on dealing with this separately."
A second sign for Sake no Hana [Photo: Susan Stapleton]
As seen above, the information comes from the signs posted at the Shoppes at the Palazzo. As of now, the signs are down, replaced with news of an exciting new retailer coming soon.
Repeated requests for comment from General Growth Properties, which manages the Shoppes at the Palazzo, went silent.
Of course, the tipline is open for more information on this bizarre chain of events.
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