History of Kaiyo Grill
The Albury House
Following the Labor Day storm of 1935, Ed Albury built his classic "Conch House" for his family.
Then,for many years the house was owned by Viola Moody Howe. Viola was a long time resident of Islamorada Florida. She lived in the house - which is now home to this famed Islamorada restaurant from 1968 until her death in 1980. During some of those years her daughter Sylvia Wells and grandchildren lived with her.
Viola loved roses and enjoyed spending time in her garden. While living here, and working at the Trading Post in Islamorada, one of her joys was waiting to see what might grow from her compost pile of miscellaneous seeds she would bring home after a long day and toss in her garden.
Today on the property you can find a plaque that reads, "Viola's Memorial 'Mystery' Garden, Viola Moody Howe,1913-1980".
Look for it when you visit this popular Islamorada restaurant!
The homestead was transformed into a cafe and then in March of 2002 it became our signature restaurant,Kaiyo that has now morphed into its grilled rendition.
Kaiyo was the first Asian fusion/Sushi restaurant in Islamorada. Since opening it has been a "be seen and dine well" restaurant for locals, visitors and celebrities alike.
Kaiyo, Est.. 2002 and reinvented 2010
Experience the evolution of a legend in the making - like nothing else, like nowhere else.
Find yourself at Kaiyo - now with "Grill".
July 2011 - New Executive Chef
Kaiyo Grill is thrilled to announce we have chosen Chef Matthew Slattery to lead the culinary team at Kaiyo Grill.
Fun Fact for History Buffs
Kaiyo Grill is #7 on the Matecumbe Historical Trust Tour
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