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Charity Partners

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At KYU we have always believed in equality for all, and then fighting for and protecting these Human Rights.

"The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is our nation’s guardian of liberty, working daily in courts, legislatures and communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed to all people in this country by the Constitution and laws of the United States.

Since our founding in 1920, the nonprofit, nonpartisan ACLU has grown from a roomful of civil liberties activists to an organization of over 1.84 million members, with offices in almost every state. The ACLU of Florida, with headquarters in Miami, is the state affiliate of the national organization. Chartered in 1965, the ACLU of Florida operates with four offices throughout the state, and 33 staff members."

Kyu currently supports this cause via our new Tito's Handmade Vodka Cocktail, and a special dish curated by our head Chef Raheem Sealey - our Crispy Duck Leg "Okonomiyaki."

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In December 2019, KYU was proud to join forces with 1% for the Planet, an organization committed to supporting environmentally based Non- Profit organizations.

They committed to a minimum donation of 1% of sales back of roasted CAULIFLOWER with goats cheese & shishito herb vinaigrette, to these charities.  This step was a bigger move in the restaurant brands commitment. They hope to align this in all KYU's in the future, as well as begin a volunteering program with their team in 2020.

1% for the Planet

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Trees for the Future

Ever since KYU Miami opened its doors in 2016, we understood that we burn wood.

It’s what makes us who we are. From flame grilling to all day smoking – we knew that we had to consider a way to give back. We were recommended Trees For The Future through friends, and we loved their ethos.

The company began in 1989 by a US couple, Grace and Dave Deppner after witnessing the human tragedy in the Philippines brought on by illegal logging and unsustainable land management systems. Since then Trees for the Future has planted over 115 million trees in dozens of countries and revitalized hundreds of thousands of acres of soil while changing people’s lives forever. Currently, 14 projects underway in five countries in Sub Saharan Africa, under the Forest Garden Program a simple, replicable and scalable approach with proven success. By planting specific types of trees and crops in a systematic manner over a four year period, families can change their lives forever.

When we opened, we donated $1000.00 to the Charity, and do continuing activation's to raise money for further donations. As a guest, you have the option on our menu to “Buy 50 Trees for $5.00”, and then we will match this donation every month.  

Visit out Tree Counter HERE


As our Head Bartender, and long time friend the passing of Chaplin School alumnus, Cameron G. Scholderer, was a difficult time for the KYU Family.Cameron had a real creative flair behind the bar and became a sought-after mixologist in the South Florida community.

“Cameron made the best out of every situation,” said Cameron’s mom, Sally Scholderer, “He believed in what he was doing and worked very hard, but yet was a mentor to other kids coming up in the industry – and he always did it very selflessly. He really left an imprint on everyone he met.”

Sally and her husband, George Scholderer, established the Cameron G. Scholderer Fund, an endowment that will provide scholarships for students following in Cameron’s footsteps and pursuing a career in beverage management at the Chaplin School. Recipients of the scholarship will carry on the legacy of Cameron’s commitment to mentorship by becoming mentors themselves to each new recipient of the award, passing along Cameron’s story of hard work and determination.

At KYU, his love with Rum and all things tiki, was encapsulated in some of his creations, including his cocktail, the Guatemalan Tradewinds. We have vowed that this cocktail will always remain on the menu, at this KYU and any others to come, and donate a dollar for every drink sold back to this Scholarship Endowment.

For additional ways to donate, read about our Portrait Project, featuring one off Photography of our amazing KYU team, by our local artist Anastasiya Yurkevich. A portion of each Photo sold will go towards this amazing endowment.

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