Brisbane restauranteur Marie Yokoyama, is the successful owner of Bird’s Nest Restaurants.
Marie’s career in hospitality first began when she was 16 working at the Tivoli as a bartender. After returning to Brisbane to manage the Kabuki Restaurant at the Stamford Plaza, she met her business partner, Emi Kamada, who was managing the Kabuki restaurant at the time. It was here they both realized a dream of opening their own restaurant.
From Marie’s time in Auckland, she had seen a few successful Yakitori restaurants, and believed that they could successfully open something similar in Brisbane.
In 2015, Marie alongside her business partner Emi, they competed and won Channel Nine’s TV Show “The Hot Plate” and came home with $100,000 cash prize. The cash boost, experience and exposure changed their lives and gave them the opportunity to expand their business. Marie currently owns and manages three Bird’s Nest Restaurants in Brisbane along with her business partner Emi.